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Life Cycle Associates will conduct environment analysis of D’Arcinoff Group large scale alternative energy project

20 November 2013

Life Cycle Associates will conduct the environmental analysis for the DG Energy Program, a large scale alternative energy project by The D’Arcinoff Group, Inc. (DG) that converts natural gas and biomass to renewable liquid fuel and power. GE Aviation has already entered into a multi-year agreement with DG to purchase up to 10 million gallons annually of DG’s low CO2 emissions jet fuel for production and development testing of GE jet engines. (Earlier post.)

With a production target of 40,000 barrels per day, the initial phase of the DG Energy Program focuses on production of low CO2 emissions synthetic jet and diesel fuel, along with naphtha. The manufacturing process is powered largely from renewable solar and wind energy and uses cellulosic biomass, natural gas, and water electrolysis generated feedstock.

Under the contract, Life Cycle Associates will conduct the environmental analysis of the project. This includes examining life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of the DG Energy Program as well as looking at compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and all other applicable state and federal regulations.

The process of the DG Energy Program is interesting to Life Cycle Associates because it utilizes unused non-food feedstocks, which are abundantly available and do not negatively affect food production.

Life Cycle Associates is an independent business and environmental consulting company with more than sixty years cumulative experience in alternative fuels, fuel production processes, fuel certification, delivery logistics, and environmental impacts. California Air Resources Board (ARB) employs Life Cycle Associates for GREET model and LCA work for the 14+ renewable fuel pathway carbon intensity (CI) calculations currently published by ARB.

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