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Rentech to Supply Up to 1.5M Gallons Per Year of Renewable Synthetic Diesel to Eight Airlines for Ground Service Equipment Operations at Los Angeles International Airport

Rentech, Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement to supply eight airlines with up to 1.5 million gallons per year of renewable synthetic diesel (RenDiesel) for ground service equipment operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) beginning in late 2012, when the plant that will produce the fuel is scheduled to go into service.

The initial purchasers under the agreement with Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG), the entity that provides fueling services to many airlines that operate at LAX, are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, UPS Airlines and US Airways. Additional airline purchasers of RenDiesel can be added under the agreement with ASIG.

The agreement is the first to supply renewable synthetic fuels to multiple domestic airlines. The renewable RenDiesel fuel to be supplied to the airlines would be produced from green waste at Rentech’s proposed Rialto Renewable Energy Center (Rialto Project). (Earlier post.)

The Rialto project is currently designed to produce approximately 600 barrels per day of renewable, ultra-clean synthetic fuels and 35 megawatts of renewable electricity (enough to power approximately 30,000 homes), primarily from urban woody green waste, such as yard clippings. The facility is expected to come online in 2012. Both the synthetic fuel and the electricity have a carbon footprint near zero.

The Rentech-SilvaGas biomass gasification process can convert multiple biomass feedstocks into synthesis gas (syngas) for production of renewable fuels and power. Combining the gasification process with Rentech’s application of syngas conditioning and clean-up technology and the patented Rentech Process based on Fischer-Tropsch chemistry, Rentech offers an integrated solution for production of synthetic fuels from biomass.

RenDiesel exceeds all applicable fuels standards, is biodegradable and is virtually free of particulates, sulfur and aromatics. RenDiesel is compatible with existing engines and pipelines, and provides an immediate solution to the transportation sector’s requirements to meet targets established by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

The Rentech Process can also convert syngas from fossil resources into ultra-clean synthetic jet and diesel fuels, specialty waxes and chemicals. Final product upgrading is provided under an alliance with UOP, a Honeywell company.


Henry Gibson

Rentech is assisting in violating the US Constitution by allowing California to discriminate against fuels. There should be no Federal dollars available for either California or Rentech fuel programs. There is not enough biomass to fuel a large fraction of world energy demands. Speculators in the maize markets showed that there is a good way to starve people to make money. Renwable hydro-electric energy have just proven again that it is far more deadly more quickly than Chernobyl and certainly three mile Island. ..HG..

richard schumacher

It's a step, one that convinces people that synthetic fuels work just fine. The next step is to make synthetic fuels using atmospheric CO2 directly, not from biomass.

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