Aemetis, Chevron LG enter biojet, diesel tech license agreement

By Aemetis Inc. | August 22, 2012

Aemetis Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemical company, announced that the company signed a license agreement with Chevron Lummus Global for the inexpensive, rapid production of renewable jet and diesel fuel by the conversion of existing biofuels and petroleum refineries. The license agreement grants Aemetis Advanced Fuels Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aemetis, the use of the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process for the production of 100 percent drop-in renewable jet fuel and diesel in Aemetis biorefineries throughout North America.

The Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process utilizes patented catalytic hydrothermolysis (CH) reactor technology, developed by Applied Research Associates, which utilizes water as a catalyst to quickly and inexpensively convert plant oils into stable intermediate oil products that are very similar to petroleum crude oil. The intermediate oils are processed with hydrogen using CLG’s ISOCONVERSION catalysts to produce drop-in jet fuel and diesel. Unlike most other process technologies, the renewable fuels produced by this process are 100 percent replacements for petroleum-based jet and diesel fuel.

“Chevron Lummus Global is a technology leader in hydroprocessing technology with more than 400 refinery units operating worldwide,” stated Leon de Bruyn, managing director of CLG. “The Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process is different from other licensed technologies in that the biodiesel and biojet produced from the unit are truly fungible fuel products meeting all ASTM and military quality specifications. This offers our clients a unique advantage by eliminating the need to blend petroleum-derived diesel and jet into biofuels to meet current quality requirements.”

“As an experienced biofuels company that is already operating refineries in the U.S. and Asia, Aemetis brings significant momentum to the commercialization of this revolutionary renewable jet and diesel fuel production process developed by Chevron Lummus Global and ARA,” said Chuck Red, program manager at ARA.

“This technology is ideally suited for the conversion of existing biofuels production facilities by utilizing the rail siding, feedstock unloading, raw material storage tanks, power generation units, Clean In Place system, neat fuel storage tanks and loadout equipment,” said Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis. “Expanding or converting existing biofuels and refining facilities to use the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process accelerates the scale-up of production to supply the 70 billion gallon per year global market for jet fuel and the 50 billion gallon U.S. market for diesel.”

Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Aemetis is an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company. Aemetis owns and operates a 55 million gallon renewable fuels plant in California; and built, owns and operates a 50 million gallon capacity renewable chemicals and advanced fuels production facility on the east coast of India. Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds four granted patents and 10 pending patents on its Z-microbe and related technology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.

CLG licenses refining hydroprocessing technologies and catalyst systems worldwide, and is a 50/50 joint venture between Chevron Products Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corp., and Lummus Technology Inc., a CBI Company.

Applied Research Associates Inc. is an employee-owned, international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically excellent solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences.

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