January 2018

Special Focus: Alternative Feedstocks/Biofuels

Production of renewable fuels in existing refinery assets: A cost-effective coprocessing strategy

Vegetable oils are a renewable biomass resource used in the production of biofuels. Biodiesel production from transesterification of vegetable oils (fatty acid methyl ester, or FAME) is the primary route for producing biofuels from vegetable oils.

Vegetable oils are a renewable biomass resource used in the production of biofuels. Biodiesel production from transesterification of vegetable oils (fatty acid methyl ester, or FAME) is the primary route for producing biofuels from vegetable oils.  The other modern green route to producing renewable bioalkanes is to hydrotreat vegetable oils. This process route has the advantages of using known refinery conversion technologies for upgrading renewable oils. The end product is a high-quality, renewable hydrocarbon that is fully fungible with diesel and suitable for use in engines without blending limits, unlike FAME. Most mandates for renewable fuels come from government regulations that are

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