ARA Renewable Drop-in Fuels News & Events


ARA and Blue Sun Partner to Commercialize 100% Drop-in Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuel:
Blue Sun to Build and Operate Demonstration Facility, Next Step Commercial Volumes

ARA Blue Sun PartnershipBlue Sun EnergyGolden, CO, January 17, 2013 – Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) and Blue Sun Energy, Inc. announced a partnership for the design, construction, and operation of a Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process (BIC) demonstration system using the ARA and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) process for the production of certification quantities of 100% drop-in renewable jet, diesel, and gasoline.

 “The scale up of the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process with our partners at Blue Sun will allow us to take a significant step toward commercial scale production of 100% drop-in fuels at prices competitive with petroleum in the 2015 timeframe,” said Chuck Red, ARA’s Biofuels Program Manager. “The hundred barrels-per-day demonstration system will be capable of producing large fuel samples, a key enabler for ASTM certification of our fuels.”

“This partnership aligns perfectly with Department of Defense goals for production of alternative fuels,” said Leigh Freeman, CEO of Blue Sun. “The skill sets and experience of Blue Sun and ARA cover all aspects required to deliver renewable jet and diesel at DoD cost targets, on DoD timelines,” said Mr. Freeman. Full Media Release >
Analysis of ReadiJet® Alternative Fuel Released:  100% Drop-in Biofuel tested in historic jet flight reveals 50% reduction in emissions and reduced fuel consumption

graphNRC ReportOttawa, Canada - January 7, 2012 – Results from the world’s first flight powered by 100 percent biofuel that met petroleum fuel specifications without blending were released today by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Test results show that ReadiJet®, produced by ARA and Chevron Lummus Global from Agrisoma’s Resonance feedstock and in partnership with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), reduced emissions and provided better fuel efficiency than petroleum aviation fuel.
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Information collected in-flight on October 29, 2012 and analyzed by a team of National Research Council experts revealed a 50 percent reduction in aerosol emissions when using ReadiJet® biofuel compared to conventional fuel. Additional tests from the static engine show a significant reduction in particles (up to 25 percent) and in black carbon emissions (up to 49 percent) compared to conventional fuel. These tests also show comparable engine performance, but an improvement of 1.5 percent in specific fuel consumption during the steady state operations. The jet’s engines required no modification as the biofuel tested in-flight meets the specification test property limits of petroleum-based fuels.
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ReadiJet® receives Biofuels Digest’s 2012 Best New Fuel Award

December 31, 2012 – ARA and Chevron Lummus Global were awarded the "Best New Fuel" for 2012 by Biofuels Digest for their 100% drop-in aviation biofuel derived using the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process. Read Article >


POPSCI recognizes historic ReadiJet® flight

December, 2012 – Popular Science Magazine has recognized the October 29th ReadiJet 100% biofuels flight as one of 2012's 25 most important scientific events. Congratulations ARA, Chevron Lummus Global, Agrisoma Biosciences, and National Research Council Canada. More to come in 2013... See POPSCI Listing >


ReadiJet® takes Flight – The world’s first jet aircraft flight powered by 100%, un-blended, renewable jet fuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications lands in Canada

Historic Biofuel FlightOctober 29, 2012 - Ottawa, Canada – 3:45 p.m., Monday, October 29th will go down in history as the first time a civilian jet was powered by 100 percent unblended, renewable biofuel.Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) partnered with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. to test and analyze their ReadiJet® drop-in jet fuel. The biofuel, ReadiJet®, was produced by ARA, under contract to AFRL, from Agrisoma’s Resonance™ feedstock crop using CLG’s and ARA’s breakthrough Biofuel ISOCONVERSION process.

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Applied Research Associates (ARA), National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Chevron Lummus Global, and Agrisoma Biosciences will partner to fly aircraft powered by 100% alternative jet fuel

Berlin, Germany – Alternative Aviation Fuels Pavilion – Berlin Air Show – September 12, 2012 – Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) are partnering with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a Canadian firm with a growing presence in the biofuel feedstock market, to evaluate CLG and ARA's 100% drop-in ReadiJet® Fuel.

ARA and NRC will test the renewable jet fuel against ASTM and military specifications and evaluate the fuel in ground based engine tests, with the initiative culminating in a test flight with the NRC Falcon-20 twin engine jet. This flight will be the first time in the world a jet aircraft is powered by 100%, un-blended, renewable jet fuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications. The biofuel, ReadiJet®, was produced by ARA, under contract to AFRL, from Agrisoma's Resonance™ feedstock crop using CLG's and ARA's breakthrough Biofuel ISOCONVERSION process. Full Media Release >


Chevron Lummus Global and ARA Selected by Aemetis to Provide Technology
for 100% Drop-in Alternative Fuels Production

Bloomfield, NJ – Sep 6, 2012 – Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) and Applied Research Associates (ARA) announced today that they have been selected by Aemetis, Inc. to provide technology to produce 100% drop-in alternative fuels at sites in North America.

Aemetis has signed the first license agreement of CLG and ARA’s Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process technology, which can produce Jet A, JP-8, JP-5, F-76, gasoline and diesel fuel from a diverse array of plant oil feedstocks. The license agreement grants Aemetis Advanced Fuels Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aemetis, the use of the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process in Aemetis biorefineries throughout North America. Full Media Release >


Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) Joins ARA’s ReadiJet Alternative Fuel Initiative to Develop
100% Drop-in Diesel, and Jet Kero Biofuels

Albuquerque New Mexico, May 14, 2012ARA announced today that Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), a 50-50 joint venture between Chevron Products Company and Lummus Technology, has joined ARA’s ReadiJet Alternative Fuel Initiative to develop drop-in biofuels.  The joint development effort combines ARA’s CH PROCESS technology with Chevron Lummus Global’s ISOCONVERSION process technology to create drop-in biofuels that will be ready to use in jet and diesel engines, eliminating the need for blending with petroleum.

“The integrated ARA/CLG process provides a pathway for fulfilling the military and civilian markets’ requirements for alternative fuels at parity with petroleum while spurring opportunities for America’s farmers without subsidies,” said Rob Sues, ARA’s President and CEO.  “The cost-efficient CH PROCESS uses water to reduce hydrogen consumption, catalyst consumption, and carbon footprint compared to other alternative fuel conversion processes,” said Ed Coppola, ARA Fuels Principal Engineer.  CLG is a completely integrated source for hydroprocessing technologies, catalysts, reactor internals and engineering services.  CLG will provide licensing and engineering services, reactor engineering, catalyst supply, and start-up assistance after construction is complete on the commercial facilities. Full Media Release >


North Florida Division's Drop-in Biofuel Initiative Yields Potential

September 2011 - ARA’s alternative fuel effort began in 2006 in response to a U.S. military requirement for technologies that can convert renewable oils to jet fuel. To answer this challenge, ARA Principal Engineer Dr. Lixiong Li conceived an idea of using high temperature water to create biocrude. This hydrothermal process mimics the conditions encountered in nature’s process to convert biomass to petroleum crude.

Although it took millions of years to produce petroleum crude, it took just a few minutes for ARA’s Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) process to produce high-quality biocrude. A U.S. patent on the CH technology was granted to ARA in 2010. The now-advanced process converts oils from plants and algae into renewable aromatic drop-in fuels that are being trademarked ReadiJet® and ReadiDiesel®. Full Media Release >


ARA Shows Alternative Fuel Expertise at Paris Air Show

June 2011 – ARA's Gulf Coast Sector Manager Glen McDonald and North Florida Division Manager Chuck Red presented ARA's Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) technology and ReadiJet® (Renewable Aromatic Drop-in Jet) fuel at the Alternative Aviation Fuels Showcase at the Paris Air Show during June 20-26, 2011. Full Media Release >