TodayApril 17, 2022

fat to fuel; She drives me crazy!

fat to renewable diesel fuel

Tyson Foods and Syntroleum Companies today announced the formation of Dynamic Fuels LLC to build the United States’ first commercial synthetic fuels plant targeting the renewable diesel, jet, and military fuel markets.

Line up Ladies! for god and country: finally! fat to renewable diesel fuel

550 million pounds of fat turned into renewable diesel fuel. Liposuction surgeons the world over are creating a cartel as we speak!

Oh, alright, the excitement got to me. It only applies to Tyson animals; poultry greases from prepared foods, etc processed by Syntroleum into renewable diesel fuel. But, hey! where do they think we accumulated our fat from? And we’re willing to give it back to them for free! I think Tyson and Syntroleum are missing out on a new revenue stream.

And they’re going to sell the diesel fuel to the military! See, this is what I am talking about; could you imagine anything more fitting than a jet pilot fighter going into battle fueled by…

I digress. The new 50/50 venture says they intend to construct and operate commercial facilities capable of producing ultra-clean, high quality, next-generation renewable synthetic fuels using Syntroleums patented Biofining process. Feedstock primarily derived from animal fats, greases, and vegetable oils will be supplied by Tyson.

The first facility will produce about 75 million gallons of synthetic fuel annually. Construction of this initial facility is expected to start in 2008 somewhere in the south-central United States, with production targeted for 2010. The $150 million projects will generate approximately 250 short-term construction jobs and 65 highly-skilled permanent jobs.

Dynamic Fuels will leverage Syntroleums proprietary work done in producing synthetic fuel and developing synthetic fuel standards for the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense. The fuel produced by the venture will, according to Jack Holmes, CEO, Syntroleum, “will create 74 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum fuels, they will be sulfur-free and higher in cetane levels than regular diesel, which is a measure of combustion quality.” The fuel will be significantly lower Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and will provide superior thermal stability, making it effective for advanced military applications.

Accordingly, the dynamic duo the fuel will offer the additional benefits of higher energy content with better cold flow properties that allow year-round usage without adding kerosene. The unblended fuel can be used in existing diesel engines with no engine modifications required and also can be upgraded into ultra-clean, high-quality synthetic jet fuel.

The fuels are expected to be completely compatible with existing pipelines, storage facilities, and other conventional fuel infrastructures. Further, the synthetic fuel produced by Dynamic Fuels may be blended with petroleum-based diesel and/or conventional biodiesel to help those fuels achieve superior environmental and performance characteristics.

“Tysons venture with Syntroleum represents another significant step forward in our strategy of leveraging Tysons access to animal by-products, our trading skills, and industry relationships to become a premier player in renewable energy,” said Richard L. Bond, Tyson president, and CEO. “We believe this venture will add value to our business, give animal agriculture another opportunity to participate in the production of renewable fuels, and is also an environmentally sound way to contribute to America’s energy security.”

“Our venture with Tyson affords us the opportunity to apply part of our established portfolio of technologies to produce next-generation ultra-clean renewable synthetic fuels that contribute to our nation’s energy independence while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jack Holmes, CEO of Syntroleum. “The Tyson organization is a world-class company committed to establishing a new benchmark in the renewable fuels industry, and we are proud to combine our Biofining technology with its resources in this new venture.”

As the world’s largest producer and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, Tyson produces large by-product volumes of various grades of animal fats, such as beef tallow, pork lard, chicken fat, and greases which can be utilized as a renewable feedstock for this venture. Tyson will also utilize it’s transportation and logistics team, as well as its truck, rail, and barge assets, to coordinate the cost-effective movement of the feedstocks to fuel production facilities.

As my girlfriend, Mary Helen asked, “Do you think they might pay us for liposuction?”

It’s beginning to smell a lot like diesel, everywhere we gooooo.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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