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UrbanX for California Renewable Diesel

October 21, 2016 in Biofuels, Companies, money awarded, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Facility in Southern California for Fourth Quarter 2017

UrbanX is applying $5 million in California Energy Commission funding to help convert idle equipment at a Los Angeles-area petroleum refinery into a biorefinery capable of producing 30 million gallons per year of renewable diesel – solely from spent restaurant cooking oils – by the fourth quarter of 2017.

urbanx-logosmall-featuredThe economically competitive product will be a 100% drop-in, ASTM D975-compliant fuel, the company says. Work has begun to modify an existing 4.5-acre facility in South Gate, Calif. to make UrbanX renewable diesel.

‘Feedstock Aggregation Network’ Is in Place

Technology from partners including Chevron-Ara and Matheson Tri-Gas will allow Long Beach-based UrbanX to convert not only the yellow grease used for conventional FAME/fatty acid methyl ester biodiesel, but also the “brown grease” that’s not suitable for conventional biodiesel, says UrbanX president Bruce Melgar.

“Our true competitive advantage is our ability to use 100% free fatty acid material,” he says.

“We’re able to use that material,” he adds. “There’s no other direct market for it.”

A CI in the Low Teens

UrbanX will draw on a “feedstock aggregation network” established during its days as a conventional biodiesel producer, Melgar says. “We collect oil from 3,600 accounts in Southern California,” he told F&F.

UrbanX won’t have it officially until its plant is in operation for at least one quarter, but Melgar says he anticipates a California Air Resources Board CI/carbon intensity number of 12 to 14.

Renewable diesel produced by Neste in Singapore has a CARB CI number as low as 33 (depending on feedstock), while conventional petroleum-based diesel is in the 90s.

‘Cost Per Gallon Is Significantly Lower’

A CI in the low teens will stand the company in strong stead in LCFS and other carbon credit markets.

But even without such credits, UrbanX intends to be cost-competitive. “Our cost per gallon is significantly lower than biodiesel and competing renewable diesel products,” Melgar says.

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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview & follow-up

Vote of Confidence for ‘LNOx+RNG’

July 5, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Studies, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Combination of RNG/Renewable Natural Gas and NZ Engine
To Meet Goals Faster and Cheaper than Batteries or Hydrogen

The super low-NOX engine from Cummins Westport, powered by RNG/renewable natural gas, will allow California to meet its goal of zero-emission transmit buses more quickly and for less money that it will with battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell buses, says a new analysis.

New Holland for Gaseous Fuel Tractors

June 13, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, farm market, New Products, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Both CNG and Propane Versions Are in Development

New Holland is showing the second generation of its developmental compressed natural gas-fueled T6 farm tractor at the Cereals 2016 show in England this week. The CNG tractor, which has been put through its paces on farms in Italy and Spain, will then go to work at Wyke Farms, a British cheese producer that emphasizes renewable agricultural practices, including onsite energy production using digester-derived biogas.

Alaska Airlines Flies with Gevo Biofuel

June 8, 2016 in Aviation, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene Fuels Two Flights

Alaska Airlines made two flights yesterday using inedible corn-based alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene from Colorado’s Gevo. The demonstration flights using the 20% ATJ-SPK blend were from Seattle to San Francisco and to Washington, D.C. updated June 9

U.S. EPA Proposes Higher RFS Levels

June 1, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Says It’s ‘Committed to Keeping the RFS Program on Track’

The U.S. EPA has proposed increases to the volumes required under the federal RFS/Renewable Fuel Standard program, the complex system of tradable credits that allows bio-based fuels to compete and indeed thrive in the marketplace.

NexGen Fuel’s Baja: Renewable Diesel

May 10, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the First Diesel Entry for the Baja 1000 Endurance Race

One of the many “firsts” unveiled at ACT Expo 2016 is an off road “trophy truck” from NexGen Fuel, a unit of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Golden Gate Petroleum.

RNG + Near Zero = ‘Game Changer’

May 10, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Biofuels, Biomethane, certifications, Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Strategy Details Are Released at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach:
‘A Clear, Cost-Effective Strategy to Achieve Our Air Quality Goals’
As Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus Outlines Near Zero Purchase Plans

Heavy duty vehicles with well-to-wheel emissions levels approaching nil are possible today given the combination of new “Near Zero” engine technology from Cummins Westport and the use of RNG – renewable natural gas.

ACT Expo 2016 Is Now Underway

May 2, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, DME, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, LNG, milestones, NGVs, Propane, refuse, Renewable Diesel, Technology, telematics, transit, trucking by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

More Than 3,000 Attendees Are Expected in Long Beach

The 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo is underway at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. More than 3,000 are expected to attend North America’s the largest clean fleet event, co-hosted with the Electric Drive Transportation Association, NGVAmerica, the Propane Education & Research Council, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and the California Hydrogen Business Council.

RNG in California: More Than You Think

April 20, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

Biomethane Now Has More Than Half the Market, Says CARB

New figures from the California Air Resources Board indicate that, as of the end of 2015, approximately half of the natural gas being used as a vehicle fuel in the state is bio-based RNG/renewable natural gas, aka biomethane. Only 10% of the state’s NGV fuel consumption was bio-based in 2013, rising to 22% in 2014.

Long Beach BioLNG & Renewable Diesel

April 14, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, LNG, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Applied LNG and Merrimac Energy Are the Suppliers

Southern California’s City of Long Beach is promoting its use of renewable fuels, including renewable diesel and renewable liquefied natural gas.

Petaluma Biogas for Collection Vehicles

March 28, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Approximately 150,000 GGEs Annually from Food & Beverage Waste,
CEC, Anteing $3 Million, Sees ‘A Scalable Model for Other Communities’

The City of Petaluma, north of San Francisco, is getting ready to produce biomethane fuel via anaerobic digestion at an existing wastewater recycling facility – and will use it to power garbage collection vehicles.

United Commences Regular Bio Flights

March 14, 2016 in Aviation, Biofuels, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Carrier Says It ‘Makes History’ with Friday’s LAX-SFO Flight
Signifying the Start of Its Regular Use of Renewable Jet Fuel:
Three-Year Deal for Honeywell-UOP Process Fuel from AltAir

United Airlines commenced regular use of renewable jet fuel with an inaugural flight from the Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco International this past Friday. “The launch marks a significant milestone in the commercial aviation industry by moving beyond demonstration flights and test programs to the use of advanced biofuels for United’s ongoing operations,” the airline said.

Greenlane Biogas for B.C. Refuse Trucks

February 29, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Orgaworld Upgrading Facility to Support Progressive Waste CNG Vehicles

Greenlane Biogas said today that it’s providing a biogas-to-biomethane upgrading system and a carbon dioxide recovery unit to Orgaworld Canada for the organic biofuel facility operated by the City of Surrey, immediately southeast of Vancouver.

Clean Energy Redeem: UPS in Texas

February 10, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sales of the Renewable Natural Gas More than Doubled in 2015

Clean Energy Fuels said today that its sales of Redeem brand biomethane, aka renewable natural gas, more than doubled last year to 50 million gallons, from 20 million gallons in 2014. Sales of Redeem have also expanded from California to an unnamed customer in Oregon, and to UPS in Texas.

REG Buying Sanimax Biodiesel Plant

February 4, 2016 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A ‘Lower-Cost, Lower-Carbon Intensity, Multi-Feedstock’ Biorefinery

The Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group said Wednesday that it’s signed an asset purchase agreement with Sanimax Energy to acquire Sanimax’s 20-million-gallon-nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery in DeForest, Wisc.

REG Biodiesel from Sugars with Exxon

February 2, 2016 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Companies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cellulosic Feedstocks Could Come from Agricultural Waste

ExxonMobil and Iowa’s Renewable Energy Group said they’ll collaborate on the development of biodiesel made “by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste.”

Cenergy ANG for Stationary Storage

January 26, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Adsorbent Natural Gas Tested at RNG Station in Sacramento

Cenergy Solutions, which is developing adsorbent natural gas technology as a practical alternative to compressed natural gas, reports successful trials of ANG with CleanWorld/Refuel, which provides renewable natural gas to fleets in Sacramento.

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