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UOP technology to produce renewable diesel

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has announced that its advanced process technology will be used to produce renewable diesel for the US military through the US Department of Defence Advanced Drop in Biofuels Production Project. Emerald Biofuels LLC will use Honeywell’s UOP/Eni Ecofining process technology to refine non-edible oils and animal fats into renewable diesel, also known as Honeywell Green Diesel, which is a drop in replacement for conventional diesel derived from petroleum.

The project is being supported by US$ 70 million from the Defence department project, which is focused on creating economically viable production capacity for advanced drop in fuels, including feedstocks, refining, transportation and logistics. Emerald is expected to produce 85 million gal./y of renewable diesel under the project.

The mission

The Advanced Drop in Biofuels Production Project is part of the Defence Production Act Title III Program. The program’s mission is to create assured, affordable and economically viable production capabilities and capacities for items essential to national defence. Through the Advanced Drop in Biofuels Production Project, the government intends to form an Integrated Biofuels Production Enterprise comprised of partnerships capable of producing drop in liquid transportation fuels targeted for military operational use.


Veronica May, VP and General Manager, UOP Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit said, ‘our renewable process technology leverages UOP’s 100 years of refining expertise to produce Honeywell Green Diesel, a drop in diesel that, unlike biodiesel, is chemically identical to petroleum derived diesel and does not require changes to engines or fuel infrastructure. This proven technology is being used in commercial production today.’

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd

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