Rentech starts synfuel production at US demo plant

07 August 2008 15:55  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Rentech has started producing synthetic jet and diesel fuels at a 420 gal/day demonstration plant in Commerce City, Colorado, the US fuel and energy technology firm  said on Thursday.


"The initial production run of ultra clean synthetic fuels at our product demonstration unit has been very successful and demonstrates the strength of the Rentech process,” said CEO Hunt Ramsbottom.


“Once product samples from the unit are tested and approved by our potential customers, licensees and partners, we believe we will be well positioned to enter into contracts with them."


The plant runs on proprietary technology that converts synthesis gas from carbon-bearing resources into hydrocarbons that can be processed and upgraded into ultra clean synthetic jet and diesel fuels.


It was currently producing synthetic fuels from natural gas, but once gasification was added would also be capable of producing fuels from biomass and other fossil resources, the company said.


The fuels produced were cleaner-burning and more efficient than petroleum-derived fuels, it said.


Rentech was looking into transferring the technology to commercial-scale operations, it added.


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