USA: Flint Hills Resources and Benefuel Announce Startup Biodiesel from Non-Edible Feedstock
Flint Hills Resources and Benefuel announced the startup of the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant and the first commercial-scale application of Benefuel’s Ensel technology.
Beatrice/USA — The company's proprietary technology is designed to process a range of lower cost feedstocks such as recycled cooking oil and distillers corn oil into high-quality biodiesel. Once fully operational, the Duonix Beatrice plant will produce approximately 50 million gallons (180 million litres) of biodiesel annually.
“The start of production at Duonix Beatrice is a major milestone and a significant step toward demonstrating the commercial-viability of the ENSEL technology,” said Rob Tripp, Chief Executive Officer of Benefuel. “The key question has been whether the technology can be scaled up and applied to a large production facility, so we’re very pleased to be able to say that production at Duonix Beatrice is now underway and the results are very encouraging. We believe this provides us with a strong base to grow additional production within the U.S. and worldwide.”
In addition to producing 50 million gallons of biodiesel, Duonix Beatrice is expected to produce a variety of coproducts such as glycerin, which can be used as a food additive and as a compound found in a number of medical, pharmaceutical and personal care products.