Rentech, Inc. is expanding its Fischer-Tropsch synthetic jet fuels initiative to include the use of municipal solid waste (MSW) as a feedstock. Rentech will pursue projects in large municipalities to convert garbage that otherwise would be buried at landfills into clean, biodegradable jet fuel, potentially meeting the needs of local airports and communities.
The Rentech Fischer-Tropsch process involves three primary steps: (1) gasification of a feedstock into syngas (H2 and CO); (2) processing the syngas through a Fischer-Tropsch reactor where it is converted to a liquid hydrocarbon; and (3) upgrading the initial product to diesel and jet fuel.
With municipal solid waste as a feedstock, the production of synthetic fuels from MSW using the Rentech Process could have a low carbon footprint—potentially carbon neutral or even carbon negative—while extending the life of existing landfills. The resulting synthetic fuels are also cleaner burning and more efficient than petroleum-derived fuels.
Rentech recently hired D. Edwards, Inc., a waste management consulting firm, to assess market opportunities for converting MSW to synthetic biofuels, with a focus on California. The Company also recently hired a former World Waste Technology executive to lead the initiative.