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Diamond Green Diesel to more than double renewable fuel capacity using second Honeywell Ecofining unit; 675M gallons renewable diesel per year (corrected)

Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, La., will more than double its annual production of renewable diesel with the completion of a second Honeywell Ecofining process unit with a capacity of 30,000 barrels per day (bpd). Diamond Green Diesel is owned by Valero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc., and is the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the United States.

The Diamond Green Diesel facility converts inedible oils and other waste fats into a high-quality renewable diesel fuel. When the second unit is completed in 2021, the Diamond Green Diesel facility will have capacity to produce 675 million gallons of renewable diesel fuel per year.

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Ecofining unit.

The Diamond Green Diesel facility converts inedible oils and other waste feedstocks into Honeywell Green Diesel, a high-quality fuel that is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel. It can be used as a drop-in replacement in diesel-powered vehicles with no engine modifications, and features up to an 80% lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.

Diamond Green Diesel established its first Ecofining unit at its Norco facility in 2013 with a capacity of 10,000 bpd. In 2017, it announced an expansion of that capacity to 18,000 bpd. Ecofining technology is used in two commercial scale production facilities in the United States, and two in Europe.

Honeywell Green Diesel is a “Biomass-Based Diesel” under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard. This standard requires a minimum volume of transportation fuels sold in the US to contain renewable fuel as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The process was jointly developed by UOP and Eni SpA to convert non-edible natural oils and animal fats into a diesel product that offers improved performance over biodiesel and petroleum-based diesel.

Diesel fuel produced by the Ecofining process has a cetane value of 80, compared with a cetane range of 40 to 60 found in diesel at the pump today. As a result, it makes an excellent blendstock for cheaper low-cetane diesel to meet transportation standards, and it performs well at cold or warm temperatures.

Ecofining technology also can produce renewable jet fuel that can be blended seamlessly with petroleum-based jet fuel. When used in up to a 50% blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight.

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, is a leading international licensor of processing technology and supplier of engineering services, catalysts and adsorbents, equipment, specialty materials and digital solutions for the global refining, gas processing and petrochemical industries.



I can believer biofuels for aviation, although not in the volumes needed for light vehicle transport, although maybe they could help somewhat in trucking.


Synfuels are way too expensive for aviation. It will take some time before you will hear this in the news media, but it will come. Eventually... In Europe, where diesel fuel is heavily taxed, synfuels are not even cost competitive with tax exemption. The situation gets significantly "worse" for aviation fuels, since they do not have any tax. Therefore, it is quite strange to see the interest from the aviation industry. I presume this is just another example of greenwashing. They simply pretend that they have a solution in the pipeline and by claiming this, they can avoid– or at least postpone– any taxes or other economic measures; at least in the near future. We have seen this in the past. Recall that VW and Shell, two of the biggest companies in each of their sector, invested heavily in synfuels, and particularly, in the company Choren. The fuel was called SunDiesel. We saw no sun, but yet another smokescreen, one could say in a rude way


Shell makes synthetic jet fuel at Pearl.

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