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Aemetis selects Axens Vegan tech for Riverbank Carbon Zero project

In the United States (US), renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company Aemetis Inc. has announced that it has selected Axens Vegan Renewable Hydroprocessing technology for its “Carbon Zero 1” biorefinery project in Riverbank, California (CA).

Aemetis Inc. has announced that it has selected Axens Vegan Renewable Hydroprocessing technology for its “Carbon Zero 1” biorefinery project in Riverbank, California (photo courtesy Aemetis).

The Aemetis “Carbon Zero 1” plant has a planned capacity of 45 million (US) gallons per year and will be located at the 142-acre Riverbank Industrial Complex, a former US Army ammunition plant in Riverbank, California.

Aemetis recently announced a US$2 billion bid process to airlines and fuel blenders for the Carbon Zero 1 plant and is finalizing offtake agreements. Carbon Zero renewable jet and diesel fuel may be used in today’s airplane, truck, and ship fleets without changes to fueling infrastructure or engines.

The Axens technology provides high yields of jet fuel while maximizing the carbon capture and sequestration value that is unique to the Aemetis Carbon Zero 1 project. The experienced Axens team has been highly responsive and proactive, enabling our project to move forward on schedule and within our budget expectations.  We believe that the Axens technology will provide much better overall economics while having a lower capital cost than alternative technologies for renewable jet and diesel fuel production, said Eric McAfee, Chairman, and CEO of Aemetis.

Aemetis has received US$17 million of grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEFTA) to support its Riverbank advanced biofuels project activities.

The Axens scope of delivery, the value of which has not been disclosed, will include technology license, basic engineering, catalyst supply, and proprietary equipment for the conversion of ultra-low carbon intensity, non-edible vegetable, and other non-edible oils along with renewable cellulosic hydrogen to produce a flexible mix of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel fuel.

Axens shares and is committed to supporting the Aemetis plan to produce ultra-low or below zero-carbon liquid fuels from renewable sources. Our engagement as the technology partner for the Carbon Zero project in Riverbank, California is another example of the decades of renewable technology development, commercialization, and operational support we bring to visionaries such as the Aemetis team, stated Romain Lemoine, VP of Process Licensing, Axens Americas.

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