February 2008

Special Report: Clean Fuels

What is the outlook for renewable diesel?

'Green' fuel technologies are pursuing different paths to achieve acceptance as credible transportation diesel

Hodge, C., A 2nd Opinion, Inc.

A number of companies have recently announced plans to produce renewable diesel fuels. The technologies fall into three broad categories: hydrotreating, gasification/ Fischer-Tropsch—both of which fit the thermal depolymerization definition in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) and biotechnological. The common goal that these technologies share is to process hydrocarbons that fit into the existing infrastructure. This is a rapidly developing field. This article offers a description of these rapidly developing technologies and their competitor: biodiesel. At present, process economics are generally not publicly available. However, this summary of available product properties, emi

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