Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) and Applied Research Associates (ARA) are supplying technology for ReadiFuels-Iowa’s renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project, the companies announced on 3 June.

ReadiFuels-Iowa will use the jointly developed CLG and ARA Biofuels ISOCONVERSION technology to produce SAF, renewable diesel, and renewable naphtha.

The plant would process used cooking oil (UCO) and distiller's corn oil to produce approximately 136M litres/year (36M gallons) of renewable fuels, the companies said.

“In a booming industry that is anticipating feedstock supply challenges, ReadiFuels-Iowa has chosen a solution that will efficiently pre-treat and convert abundant, highly-contaminated, low carbon intensity, waste fats, oils and greases into renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel that perform like petroleum with greatly reduced emissions," ARA vice president Chuck Red, Vice President said.

The project includes the technology license, basic engineering, catalyst supply and proprietary equipment.

ReadiFuels-Iowa also planned to use the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION technology to process yellow grease, brown grease, animal fats, non-food energy crop oils and algal oil in the future, according to the statement.

Based on CLG’s hydroprocessing technology and ARA’s patented catalytic hydrothermolysis process, the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process produces 100% drop-in fuels from renewable sources that meet petroleum specifications without blending, according to the companies.

A joint venture between Chevron USA and Lummus Technology, CLG is a leading process technology licensor for refining hydroprocessing technologies and alternative source fuels, and a global catalyst system supplier.

Founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1979, ARA offers water-based pre-treatment, conversion and separation technologies for renewable fuels and petroleum refining. The company is active in the national defence, energy, homeland security, aerospace, healthcare, transportation and manufacturing sectors.