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Frontline BioEnergy and Red Rock Biofuels run tests

Frontline BioEnergy and Red Rock Biofuels run tests
Once fully operational, the Red Rock Biofuels facility in Lakeview, Oregon (OR) will be one of the first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plants in North America to produce drop-in fuels from woody biomass and is designed to produce approximately 20 million (US) gallons (≈ 75.7 million litres) per year of low-carbon intensity renewable biofuels (photo courtesy Red Rock Biofuels).

In the United States, Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a next-generation producer of low-carbon biofuels, and Frontline BioEnergy LLC, a provider of waste and biomass gasification solutions, have announced that they have successfully tested their innovative technology that gasifies Red Rock’s residual woody biomass feedstock into a high-quality syngas for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel.

The test runs, which the companies completed at Frontline BioEnergy’s headquarters in Nevada, Iowa (IA), used Frontline’s patented “TarFreeGas” and “PMFreeGas” technologies.

The tests demonstrated TarFreeGas gasifier production of high-quality syngas with excellent tar conversion, as well as PMFreeGas removal of char and ash from the syngas.

The resulting syngas was shown to be suitable for further processing into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel.

We’re very pleased with the outcome of the steady state test runs. These results validate the significant engineering work that has been done and clearly prove that Red Rock’s sourced residual woody biomass can be used as feedstock on a commercial scale to deliver renewable jet and diesel fuels in support of the aviation industry reaching net-zero emissions, said Chip Cummins, interim CEO of Red Rock Biofuels and Executive Director at RPA Advisors.

Additional independent analysis of the test results will also be conducted to further verify the results.

The Red Rock Biofuels’ feedstock worked well in Frontline’s advanced gasification and gas clean-up technology. These tests mark a significant milestone toward the commercial deployment of biomass-to-drop-in fuels projects, said Jerod Smeenk, CEO of Frontline BioEnergy.

The woody biomass feedstock for the tests was locally sourced in Oregon (OR) from the same providers that have agreed to support Red Rock’s feedstock supply once the plant is operational.

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