Honeywell UOP Renewable Fuel Technology Powering Largest Commercial Biofuel Facility In U.S.
May 16, 2014
Honeywell’s UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process technology is being used to produce more than 130 million gallons of renewable diesel a year at the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the U.S.
The Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, La., converts inedible oils and other waste feedstocks to high-quality renewable diesel, also known as Honeywell Green Diesel™. Unlike biodiesel, renewable diesel produced using the UOP process is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel and can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles with no modifications. Renewable diesel produced using the Ecofining process also features up to an 80 percent lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.
The facility, a joint venture of Darling International Inc. and Diamond Alternative Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Valero Energy, achieved all of its performance and quality targets. Fuel produced at the facility is designed to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires a minimum volume of transportation fuels sold in the U.S. to contain renewable fuel to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.