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ReadiFuels produces next generation 100% drop-in renewable jet and diesel fuels and naphtha from a variety of waste fats, oils and greases as well as industrial oil crops/energy oils and algae.

Introduction

ReadiFuels, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Research Associates (ARA), which along with its partner Chevron-Lummus Global (CLG), has developed a patented process known as Biofuels ISOCONVERSION (BIC) that converts oils, fats, and greases, including waste oils and industrial crop oils into renewable diesel, jet and naphtha. The product fuels, ReadiFuelsTM, are essentially identical in molecular content to their petroleum based counterparts, making them 100% drop-in replacements for petroleum-derived fuels. The capital and operating expenses for the conversion process are similar and competitive to petroleum refining allowing highly profitable production of renewable fuels, with less than a 2 year payback on capital expense.


Background and History

ARA was founded in 1979 and has grown to a $250M revenue company, with over 1,100 employees in offices throughout the United States. In 2006, ARA engineers and scientists invented the Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) process that converts fats, oils, and greases into drop-in liquid fuels. After proving the concept in batch mode at bench scale, ARA scaled the technology to a 25 gal/day laboratory system in 2008, then to a 160 gal/day pilot system in 2010, and then to a 4200 gal/day demonstration system in 2014. During this time ARA improved and optimized the process to ensure continuous trouble-free operation and high liquid fuel yields. In 2012, ARA entered into a Joint Development and License Agreement (JDA) with CLG, to commercialize and license the CH technology. CLG is a 50:50 joint venture between Chevron, a leader and innovator in hydroprocessing technology, and CB&I, a leading international engineering company. CLG has signed over 120 hydroprocessing technology licenses in over 70 countries in the last decade with over 3,000,000 feed barrels processed per annum. CLG has previously completed over 6,300 projects, and CLG technologies are currently used to hydroprocess 47% of finished fuels worldwide. Since 2012, ARA has worked with CLG on scaling the Catalytic Hydrothermolysis technology and integration of CLG technology and catalysts (ISOCONVERSIONTM) to provide a seamless hydroprocessing step for the production of finished fuels. Catalytic Hydrothermolysis, together with CLG’s ISOCONVERSIONTM hydroprocessing technology, makes up the Biofuels ISOCONVERSIONTM (BIC) technology. In 2015-2016, using the 4200 gal/day demonstration system, ARA produced and delivered over 160,000 gallons of our ReadiJetTM and ReadiDieselTM renewable fuels to the Defense Logistics Agency, for U.S. Military Specification (MILSPEC) certification testing by the U.S. Navy. As part of that testing, the Navy operated a Spruance Class Destroyer on 100% ReadiDieselTM from San Diego to Port Hueneme and the Secretary of the Navy flew in an EA-18G Growler on 100% ReadiJetTM (one of nine EA-18G flights), out of Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The Navy also tested ReadiJetTM in V-22 Osprey flights. Navy testing showed no perceivable difference in performance compared to petroleum jet fuel, in both diesel and jet fuel testing. MILSPEC certification testing of our renewable fuels by the U.S. Navy is on track for completion in early CY 2018.


Partnership Applied Research Associates, Inc. Applied Research Associates, Inc. Chevron Lummus Global






a game changing solution.
feedstocks technology commercialization

• True "drop-in" fuels that do not require blending with petroleum

• Fuels contain high-density aromatic, cycloparaffin, and isoparaffin hydrocarbons
• Produced from sustainable non-food plant crops

• Compatible with existing turbine and diesel engines


Latest news & events

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Jan 18, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE

ARA and Blue Sun Energy, Inc. announce partnership to design, construct, and operate demo system     

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Jan 7, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE
Flight results show 50% reduction in emissions and reduced fuel consumption

 

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