Companies Partner to Produce Drop-in Diesel Fuel

Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA) and Blue Sun Energy Inc. have partnered to build and operate a Biofuels ISOCONVERSION (BIC) demonstration system using ARA's and Chevron Lummus Global's (CLG) process for the production of drop-in renewable diesel, gasoline and jet fuel.

The ARA and Blue Sun partnership coincides with the signing of a global license agreement with CLG for Blue Sun's use of the BIC process to produce fuels that meet the necessary ASTM requirements for replacement fuels.

The demonstration facility is scheduled for ground-breaking in St. Joseph, Mo., within two months, and the system will be operational during the third quarter. The process converts non-edible fats and oils directly into high-density cycloparaffin and isoparaffin hydrocarbons that are suitable for drop-in jet and diesel fuels.

‘The scale-up of the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process with our partners at Blue Sun will allow us to take a significant step toward commercial-scale production,’ says Chuck Red, ARA's biofuels program manager.

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