Drop-in green fuel

National biofuels mandates are a good way to get biofuels in the tanks of cars all over the country – but to date, petroleum companies have complied with these mandates by blending in green fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. Biofuels developers are still trying to pursue a true drop-in biofuel: that is, a fuel, made from biomass, that is chemically indistinguishable from petroleum-based fuel, and therefore directly compatible with currently used fuel infrastructure and engines. FORGE Hydrocarbons Corp. is developing a technology that transforms low-value fats, oils and greases into fuel.

Demonstration of ONC T 18 B for Biofuel

Aviation fuels represent 12% of the fuel consumption in transportation, and jet fuel use is doubling every ten years. In the search for sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, algae-based biofuel has shown great promise. MARA has discovered a heterotrophic algae — called ONC T 18B — with 60 times the productivity of other algae which can be grown on elemental carbon in closed reactors, without sunshine. MARA intends to build a demonstration fermentation production site to produce algal feedstock oil for biofuels in a meaningful scale and competitive cost.

New Atmospheric Technology for Biodiesel Production

BIOX Canada Ltd. has demonstrated a technology to convert agricultural seed oil, cooking oils/grease, animal tallows and fats into biodiesel at atmospheric pressure and near-ambient temperatures. It can also convert oils and fats to biodiesel faster than competing processes, and avoids using valuable vegetable oils. BIOX believes these advantages will result in considerably lower production costs, making biodiesel competitive with petroleum diesel.