Enjoy a limited number of Premium DTN articles each month.

You have 14 Premium DTN articles remaining.
To view unlimited premium content, plus access to tools & strategies, subscribe to MyDTN™, or register as a free Community Member to get 10 articles per month.

UGI, Vertimass to Produce Renewable Fuels in US, Europe

OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- UGI Corporation announced Wednesday it has entered into a 15-year agreement with California-based technology developer Vertimass to utilize their catalytic technology to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the United States and Europe.

The agreement centers on the development of production facilities using Vertimass' catalytic technology to convert renewable ethanol into renewable propane and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50% of the total production capacity from these facilities can be renewable propane that will support UGI's ongoing efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers.

UGI expects to invest either solely, jointly with Vertimass or in partnership with third parties to build and operate multiple production facilities over the next 15 years in locations across the United States and Europe, significantly increasing the supply of renewable propane and SAF. UGI anticipates a total investment of roughly $500 million for the bolt-on production facilities over a 15-year period, including third-party investment, with total production target from these aggregated facilities of approximately 1 billion gallons of combined renewable fuels per annum. The goal is to have the first production facility onstream in fiscal year 2024 with an annual production target of approximately 50 million gallons of combined renewable fuels.

Vertimass employs catalytic technology to convert renewable ethanol and other renewable alcohols into renewable hydrocarbon fuels that are compatible with the existing equipment and infrastructure. This technology can be bolted onto existing ethanol production facilities, optimizing greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and bringing further end product diversification to the existing ethanol producer.

Vertimass is developing a unique Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization technology to allow ethanol producers to: 1) Produce SAF and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as liquified petroleum gases -- mainly propane and butane; 2) Eliminate the ethanol "blend wall" by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles; 3) Produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products; and 4) Possibly debottleneck processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock. CADO completely converts wet ethanol, and other alcohols, into targeted hydrocarbons in a simple reactor system at moderate temperatures and near atmospheric pressure without adding hydrogen. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard Advanced Biofuel category.

Top
We've detected that you are using an unsupported browser. Not all features of DTN / The Progressive Farmer may function as expected.

Recommended Browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10 or above
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • iPad 2 or above
  • iPhone 4 or above
Join the community! Registration is FREE. As a member of the DTNPF online community you can contribute to discussions, save your settings, get exclusive email alerts and access to special online sections, and read e-newsletters.

Please correct the following errors and try again:

e.g. 68114 (US) or Y0B 1G0 (Canada)
e.g., 402-390-2328
8-32 characters, include one number (0-9) and one letter (a-z)
By clicking Create Account, you agree to our Terms of Service
Cancel
DTN, LLC • 9110 West Dodge Road • Omaha, NE 68114