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Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process


The Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process is a combination of ARA’s Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) technology and Chevron Lummus Global’s (CLG) ISOCONVERSION™ Catalysts to make the finished ReadiJet® and ReadiDiesel® next generation fuels.

The first step in the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION (BIC) process uses water at high temperature and pressure to crack and cyclize plant or algal oils into lower molecular weight crude oil that is very similar to light sweet petroleum crude without sulfur, metals, or other impurities. The patented first step mimics nature; however, the conversion from plant oils to crude occurs much faster at the operating conditions employed. The conversion step has a very small footprint - less than 100 cubic feet of reactor volume for a 5000 BBL/day (70 Mgal/y) commercial refinery. The resulting crude contains oxygen in the form of organic acids that is removed in a second step that uses CLG’s ISOCONVERSION™ technology to efficiently and economically hydrotreat the crude into specification-quality, “drop-in” jet and diesel fuels.  The BIC process is less expensive to build and operate than competing technologies, and it does not require hydrocracking or hydroisomerization catalysts.

Why ReadiJet?


*The water requirement for ancillary refinery processes, such as steam and hydrogen generation and cooling water, would be similar to the requirement for petroleum refiners.
**ARA's ReadiJet has completed specification and preliminary fit-for-purpose testing by the Air Force Research Lab and rig and small engine testing by Rolls Royce under the FAA CLEEN program.  ARA's ReadiJet (JP-5) and ReadiDiesel (F-76) has undergone initial testing by the US Navy. The Canadian DND (department of national defense) has also conducted specification testing.

For licensing information contact Mr. Chuck Red at: cred@ara.com