New technology is supporting the Nation’s largest renewable diesel refinery, which, in fact, is the largest advanced biofuel facility in the country. This news release from Honeywell subsidiary UOP LLC says its UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process technology powers the 130-million-gallon-per-year Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, La., converting inedible oils and other waste feedstocks to produce high-quality renewable diesel, also known as Honeywell Green Diesel™.
The facility, a joint venture of Darling International Inc. and Diamond Alternative Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Valero Energy, achieved all of its performance and quality targets.
“Commercial production at the Diamond Green Diesel facility is a significant milestone for the renewable energy industry,” said Veronica May, vice president and general manager for Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit. “UOP has leveraged 100 years of refining technology to make real alternative fuels, including Honeywell Green Diesel and Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™, from a range of inedible biofeedstocks.”
John Roach, senior vice president at Valero, said “Both the performance of the Ecofining unit and the quality of the diesel produced has exceeded our expectations.”
Officials say the Ecofining process can turn a variety of feedstocks into renewable diesel, and this flexibility is a key driver for the continued growth of renewable fuels.