Japan-based biotechnology company euglena (earlier post) has completed the construction of its demonstration-scale biorefinery in Yokohama for the production of renewable jet and diesel fuels from algae and waste oil.
The plant, which will use the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process (earlier post) licensed by Chevron Lummus Global / ARA, will have a production capacity of 5 barrels per day, with planned initial planned production volume of 125 kiloliters per year (786 barrels).
euglena is partnering with ANA on the aviation side. Euglena expects its renewable jet fuel to qualify for ASTM certification by next spring.
euglena has also been partnering with Isuzu Motors to test the renewable diesel for on-road use.
euglena invested ¥6 billion (US$53 million) in the development of the Yokohama demo refinery. euglena plans to build commercial-scale refineries to bring produce 1 million kiloliters of fuel (6.3 million barrels) in total by 2030.