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Gron Fuels lets technology contract for billion-dollar clean fuels project

January 12/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Gron Fuels, LLC has recently selecte Haldor Topsoes HydroFlex renewable fuels and H2bridge bio-hydrogen technologies with bio-carbon capture and sequestration option for a multi-billion low carbon intensity complex in Louisiana, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The integration of the fully proven H2bridge hydrogen technology with the HydroFlex technology enables Gron Fuels to produce renewable bio-hydrogen equivalent to the production of a 1,000 MW hydrolyser plant at a fraction of the cost. The design flexibility to include bio-carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to the project is added to pursue negative carbon intensity renewable fuel production.

Bio-hydrogen not utilized for renewable diesel production will be made available by Gron Fuels for purchase by third parties for lowering the CO2 emissions of power production, industrial processes, or transportation and can be shipped by the ~600 miles/1,000 km of hydrogen pipelines operational and located near Gron Fuels site.

Gron Fuels worked collaboratively with Topsoe to design the facility to be able to manufacture renewable arctic diesel with an additive-free -40 degrees cloud point.

The facility will produce renewable diesel from non-fossil feedstocks such as soybean and canola oils, distillers corn oil, tallow, used cooking oil, and feedstocks of the future such as bio-crudes. The low-carbon fuels produced can directly substitute conventional fuels in cars, trucks and airplanes, while utilizing existing fuel storage tanks and infrastructure such as long-haul pipelines.

We have integrated the worlds leading renewable fuels technology by Haldor Topsoe with a design and long-term vision for production of net negative CO2 renewable diesel that will also create significant new and long-term green industrial jobs in Louisiana, said Dan Shapiro, Managing Partner and co-founder of Fidelis Infrastructure, LP.

Haldor Topsoes people and proven technologies have been instrumental in the development of the Gron Fuels facility as an on-purpose, low-carbon intensity renewable fuel production facility utilizing biohydrogen rather than fossil-based hydrogen in the hydrotreating process. Additionally, Haldor Topsoes proven and operational capabilities to capture CO2 from the H2bridge hydrogen plant provides Gron Fuels the flexibility to pursue multiple follow-on projects to achieve net negative carbon intensity through bioenergy carbon capture and sequestration, said Bengt Jarlsjo, Partner and co-founder of Fidelis Infrastructure, LP.

Gron Fuels, LLC is a portfolio company of Houston-based asset management firm Fidelis Infrastructure that specializes in renewable energy, low-carbon transportation fuels, sustainable and circular economy infrastructure and digital infrastructure.

We are very proud to be part of this innovative project that has such great potential for the state of Louisiana and for reducing carbon emissions by leveraging Topsoes proven technologies into Gron Fuels pathway to ultra-low carbon intensity renewable fuels. Topsoes vision is to be recognized as the world leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024, and this project is an important step on our journey as it incorporates several of our industry-leading technologies, says Amy Hebert, Chief Commercial Officer, Haldor Topsoe.

As MRC reported earlier, Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas and a world leader in the production of biopolymers, and Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe, a global leader in supply of catalysts, technology, and services for the chemical and refining industries, announced in November 2020 that they had achieved their first-ever demo-scale production of bio-based monoethylene glycol (MEG).

MEG is used to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is used in the manufacturing of plastic bottles, films, packaging containers, in the textile and food industries.

As per MRC's ScanPlast, Russia's estimated PET consumption reached 61,110 tonnes in November 2020, up by 1%  year on year. Overall PET consumption in Russia reached 648,110 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020, down by 18% year of year.

Haldor Topsoe is a global leader in supply of catalysts, technology, and services to the chemical and refining industries. Topsoe aims to be the global leader within carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024. By perfecting chemistry for a better world, we enable our customers to succeed in the transition towards renewable energy. Topsoe is headquartered in Denmark and serves customers around the globe.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, bioplastics, monoethylene glycol (MEG), crude and gaz condensate, PET-granulate, petrochemistry, packaging, Braskem, Russia, USA.
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