ARA partners for biojet demonstration

By Staff | March 04, 2013

Applied Research Associates Inc. and Blue Sun Energy Inc. are partnering to develop a demonstration-scale facility to scale up the Biofuels Isoconversion Process system using technology developed by ARA and Chevron Lummus Global. The process converts renewable oils into drop-in renewable jet, diesel and gasoline.

The companies plan to break ground on the St. Joseph, Mo., facility during the first quarter of 2013, with operations beginning in the third quarter. Once operational, the facility will have a production capacity of 100 barrels per day. As a demonstration facility, however, it will be operated in one- or two-month increments, producing approximately 4,000 gallons of fuel per day.

ARA’s technology has been used to produce biobased jet fuel from carinata oil supplied by Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Earlier this year the National Research Council of Canada released results from a 2012 test flight using the 100 percent biobased fuel. The data showed that the biobased jet was cleaner and just as efficient as conventional aviation fuel.