Ensyn Corp., with headquarters in Wilmington, Del., U.S.A., has received a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline. This approval, pursuant to Title 40 CFR Part 79 promulgated under the Clean Air Act, is required for the sale of RFGasoline into U.S. commerce. The approval follows the recently announced Part 79 approval of Ensyn’s renewable diesel product, RFDiesel.
RFGasoline, a drop-in gasoline, is created by processing Ensyn’s renewable crude (RFO), a liquid cellulosic feedstock for refiners, with customary petroleum feedstocks in conventional petroleum refineries (RFO Coprocessing).
Ensyn is developing and commercializing RFO Coprocessing in a strategic alliance with Honeywell UOP, a global leader in technology solutions for the refining industry. Ensyn’s RFO is produced by processing non-food solid biomass, including wood residues, with Ensyn’s RTP technology.
Technology licensing, engineering services and supply of equipment is being provided to RTP projects by Honeywell UOP through Envergent Technologies, a joint venture between Honeywell UOP and Ensyn.
“This approval is another key step in the commercialization of our refinery coprocessing business,” said Robert Graham, Ensyn chairman.
Veronica May, vice president and general manager of UOP’s Renewable Energy and Chemicals business, said, “We are very pleased that RFGasoline has received this important regulatory approval. With Part 79 regulatory approvals now in hand for both RFDiesel and RFGasoline, Ensyn and Honeywell UOP can accelerate the commercial introduction of RFO Coprocessing, an attractive solution for refiners wishing to easily integrate cellulosic feedstocks into their operations in a cost-effective manner.”
Ensyn owns and operates a commercial RFO production facility in Ontario, Canada that supplies RFO for sale to heating clients in the U.S. and Canada. Additional RFO production capacity is under development in Aracruz, Brazil and at other locations in Canada and the U.S.
Ensyn is executing its business plan in conjunction with key strategic relationships, including UOP, Fibria Celulose SA and Chevron Technology Ventures.