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Could we blow through our soybean supply by replacing petroleum with soy oil?
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Posted 12/6/2018 14:57 (#7153365 - in reply to #7152817)
Subject: uhm.. no.

I looked up the data.. we used 142.8 billion gallons of gasoline "supplied" last year.. of which "about" 10% was ethanol.

We use about 60 billion gallons of diesel fuel as transportation fuel.  I assume that you would try to break into the Diesel fuel market with some sort of Soy based product.. Bio Diesel.. or you can make Diesel from Corn Oil as East Kansas Ethanol is already doing today.

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE) of Garnett, Kansas, and Pearson Fuels of San Diego, CA, announce the signing of an exclusive West Coast marketing agreement for the distribution of Renewable Diesel from EKAE’s recently commissioned plant in Garnett.

Renewable Diesel meets the traditional diesel fuel specification while being produced from renewable feed stocks. In the case of EKAE’s Garnett plant, the feedstock is exclusively a corn distillers’ oil byproduct from its adjacent ethanol production facility. The fuel qualifies under both the “biomass-based diesel” and the “other advanced biofuels” category in meeting the federal Renewable Fuels Standard.

“Renewable Diesel is considered a drop-in replacement for diesel fuel and as such is integral to both California’s and Oregon’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard programs. EKAE’s Renewable Diesel has a 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions verses traditional diesel,” says Mike Lewis, Co-founder of Pearson Fuels. “This is the newest of only a handful of domestic Renewable Diesel plants in the United States, and since the feedstock is a byproduct of ethanol production, the carbon footprint is exceptionally low. When we first became aware of the Renewable Diesel project in Kansas, we were impressed with the technology, but, more importantly, we were impressed with the company and the people at EKAE developing and managing this project. With Pearson’s experience in biofuel distribution in California, we knew we could work well together.”


There are more than 1 million diesel vehicles on the road in California that are capable of using Renewable Diesel as a drop-in fuel requiring no blending or vehicle modification whatsoever. Renewable Diesel burns much cleaner than regular diesel, has a higher cetane rating, is domestically produced, and currently sells at comparable pricing to regular diesel. Pearson intends to deliver the fuel to retailers, fuel distributors, and municipalities in both California and Oregon. The first several rail cars of Renewable Diesel have already started shipping to these West Coast markets.

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East Kansas Agri-Energy, LLC (EKAE) held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony in November 2014 for its renewable diesel project. EKAE currently produces ethanol, distillers grains and corn oil at the facility. The plant will command a 200′ x 70′ footprint on the EKAE site. The renewable diesel project is scheduled for completion before the end of 2015.

Renewable diesel will be made from the corn distillers oil (CDO) already produced at the EKAE ethanol plant along with other feedstocks purchased on the market. The renewable diesel process we are using is feedstock flexible, which will allow EKAE to take advantage of commodity markets to improve margins.

The addition of renewable diesel production expands the product portfolio for the EKAE plant and will add value to the products we already make.


Markets for renewable diesel are the same as petroleum derived diesel fuel including motor fuels (automobiles, trucks and rail), heavy duty equipment in agriculture and construction, and aviation fuel.  About 60 percent of the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel supply was imported in 2013.  EKAE intends to meet some of that demand by producing a domestic renewable diesel.Renewable diesel production will leverage the strengths, technology and relationships that have made EKAE successful. This project will help us grow our business sustainably and further mitigate risk by giving us greater flexibility in the renewable fuels marketplace.

Renewable diesel qualifies under both the “biomass-based diesel” category and the “other advanced biofuels” category in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The fuel dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum. Additionally, renewable diesel has a very low carbon intensity score under the low carbon fuels standard established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which provides West Coast market opportunities for EKAE.

Unlike biodiesel, renewable diesel can be further refined into higher-value fuels, such as marine distillate and renewable jet fuel that meet all critical ASTM specifications and reduce emissions. Renewable diesel also has far superior cold flow properties and a lower cloud point than traditional biodiesel.


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