CLG & ARA announce fiofuels startup

30 July 2020

Chevron Lummus Global and Applied Research Associates, Inc. have announced the successful startup of euglena Co., Ltd's integrated Biofuels ISOCONVERSION unit in Yokohama, Japan. 

The 5 BPD, first-of-its-kind demonstration unit, employs the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION technology, jointly developed by CLG and ARA, to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel out of an algae oil blend and waste vegetable oil. euglena Co. has successfully started up the demo-unit in 2020, and its renewable diesel products have met all specifications of a Japanese standard of diesel fuel “JIS K2204”. They have started supplying a renewable diesel to local bus services for passenger transportation in Japan. euglena Co. also plans to produce a renewable jet fuel that meets the ASTM D7566 Annex 6 specifications and supply it to commercial flights in Japan.

Biofuels ISOCONVERSION technology consists of hydrothermal conversion and hydroprocessing operations that convert waste fats, oils, and greases into jet fuel and diesel that are virtually indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts. This will result in an over 80% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum, once it is commercialized.