Honeywells UOP has agreed to license technology to Emerald Biofuels to
produce the companys Green Diesel at a facility
Emerald will use Honeywell's UOP/Eni Ecofining process
technology to produce 85 million
gal/year of Green Diesel from non-edible,
second-generation oils and animal fats, project officials said.
Unlike biodiesel, the green diesel is a drop-in replacement
for traditional diesel.
Chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel,
Honeywells Green Diesel can be used in any
proportion in existing fuel tanks without infrastructure
changes, UOP says.
Emerald is an Illinois-based transportation fuel company
that builds renewable diesel refineries that produce
environmentally-friendly transportation fuels at prices
competitive to petroleum-based fuels.
International Alliance Group (IAG) will provide engineering,
procurement and construction services for the project.
"We are very pleased to work with Emerald in its efforts to
advance the production of biofuels through this breakthrough project in the US," said Jim
Rekoske, vice president and general manager of Honeywell's UOP
renewable energy and chemicals business unit.
"We are proud to offer a technology solution that supports
diesel production, while lessening the environmental impact of
fuel production through the use of alternative feedstocks and the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions."
UOP and Eni jointly developed the UOP/Eni Ecofining process,
which uses hydroprocessing technology to convert non-edible
natural oils and animal fats to Green Diesel.
The fuel offers improved performance over biodiesel and
petroleum-based diesel, including a high cetane value of 80
compared with a cetane range of 40 to 60 found in diesel at the
pump today, according to the company.
Cetane value is the measure of the combustion quality of
diesel. Higher cetane values help diesel engines operate more
Green diesel offers high energy density, excellent
performance at cold or warm temperatures, and features up to an
80% lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared
with diesel from petroleum, the company says.
The product also offers value as a blending stock for
refiners seeking to enhance existing diesel and to expand the