HOUSTON & NEVADA, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a next-generation producer of low-carbon biofuels, and Frontline BioEnergy, a leading provider of waste and biomass gasification solutions, announce that they have successfully tested their innovative technology which gasifies Red Rock’s residual woody biomass feedstock into high-quality syngas for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel.
The trials, which the companies conducted at Frontline’s headquarters in Nevada, Iowa, used Frontline’s patented TarFreeGas.® and PMFreeGas® technologies. Tests have shown TarFreeGas® gasifier production of high quality syngas with excellent tar conversion, as well as PMFreeGas® removal of coal and ash from syngas. The resulting syngas has proven suitable for further processing into SAF and renewable diesel. Additional independent analysis of the test results will also be carried out to further verify the results.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the steady-state testing,” said Chip Cummins, interim general manager of Red Rock Biofuels and executive director at RPA Advisors. “These results validate the significant engineering work that has been done and provide clear evidence that residual woody biomass from Red Rock can be used as a feedstock on a commercial scale to provide renewable aviation and diesel fuels to help the aviation industry to achieve net zero emissions. ”
“Red Rock Biofuels feedstock has performed well in Frontline’s advanced gasification and gas cleaning technology. These tests mark an important step towards the commercial deployment of biomass-to-direct fuels projects,” said Jerod Smeenk, CEO of Frontline BioEnergy.
Woody biomass feedstock for testing was sourced locally in Oregon from the same suppliers who agreed to support Red Rock’s feedstock supply once the plant was operational.
Red Rock Biofuels was founded to address the growing need for low carbon renewable jet and diesel fuels and the growing problem of catastrophic wildfires. By using forest residues that are burned in winter, creating CO2, the facility will enable forest management that improves forest health and resilience. The facility will also be one of the first SAF plants in North America to produce alternative fuels from woody biomass and is designed to produce approximately 20 million gallons per year of renewable, low-carbon biofuels.
About Frontline BioEnergy
Frontline BioEnergy, LLC was founded in 2005 to provide advanced gasification technology for the conversion of biomass and waste into energy and products. Frontline is also a developer of advanced carbon negative fuels projects.
About Red Rock Biofuels
Red Rock Biofuels was founded in 2011 to address the growing problem of catastrophic wildfires in the western United States and the growing need for low-carbon, renewable diesel and jet fuels. Red Rock is building one of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in Lakeview, Oregon to convert woody biomass residues into SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel fuels.