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Renewable Fuels: Feedstock, Catalyst, and Process Advances


New Multi-Client Study Proposal

TCGR to Document Emerging Technologies for the Upgrading of Renewable Feedstocks to Identify Opportunities for Improved Cost Performance in the Renewable Fuels Value Chain…

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“Renewable Fuels: Feedstock, Catalyst, and Process Advances”

In the fuels industry and business, it is clear renewables (diesel, SAF, gasoline) will supersede biofuels (transesterification of oils/fats, 1st generation bioethanol) due to improved cost performance, flexible but broad product slates, and drop-in capabilities. What hasn’t been fully considered are the technological solutions that will address this complex and growing market. Additionally, feedstock supply and logistics are some of the biggest unknowns that will be crucial to the success of any renewable fuel investment.

In this new multi-client study, The Catalyst Group Resources will:

  1. Examine the supply/demand and logistics of feedstocks and projected capacities for renewable diesel, gasoline, SAF, and other chemicals like naphtha, propane, etc.
  2. Provide a view of the industry today and where it’s going. Who are the players in the value chain, what are their roles, and what options and gaps exist from a strategic perspective moving forward? What are the current and future regulations and tax credits?
  3. Benchmark the catalytic and process advances, including CAPEX/OPEX, operating parameters, and LCAs of leading technology licensors and grassroots vs. retrofit approaches.
  4. Identify the new catalyst and process technologies to address this trend towards renewables and to develop an understanding of the growing renewables market and impact on traditional markets.

Figure 1
Overview of Renewable Fuels Value Chain


Biofuels (biodiesel, bioethanol), despite being derived from biomass, can only be blended with petroleum fuels at levels below 15% because their production methods create different molecular compositions than petroleum derived fuels. On the other hand, renewable fuels, which must meet relevant standards, are produced by different processes and catalysts to emulate the same molecular structure as petroleum fuels. These can be blended at far greater rates than biofuels and can even be “drop-in” fuels.

Like all technology cycles which began with 1st generation processes, we are already seeing licensed process improvements but also 2nd generation processes and catalysts being deployed in an effort to improve quality standards, as well as to reduce the CAPEX and OPEX in new processes. To keep pace, licensors and catalyst producers are supplying both revamped and new technologies that can process a variety of biomass and waste feedstocks into drop-in renewable fuels.

Renewable feedstocks have their own challenges including more and different contaminants, as well as producing products with more oxygenates that must be removed in final polishing steps. Newer system configurations are integrating more steps into single passes. This detailed report is timely in benchmarking and helping investors evaluate the winners.

In this proposed study, The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR) will provide industrial practitioners with unique perspectives on the rapid expansion and development of renewable fuel technologies. Subscribers will receive a complete picture of renewable feedstock supply and demand, pre/post-treatment requirements, and commercial catalyst and process technologies for renewable gasoline, diesel, SAF, and other intermediates. It will be completed by TCGR’s industry leading Dialog Group®, with decades of catalyst science, engineering, and business development experience. This study, “for the industry, by the industry,” is scheduled for completion within 3-4 months of study launch.

As it does in each of its industrially-focused multi-client studies, TCGR will seek input from “charter” subscribers (i.e., those who sign up prior to study launch) to help shape the report’s final scope/TofC so that it covers and emphasizes the most pertinent content due to the rapid progress in renewable/sustainable fuels that might be of interest, as depicted in Sections III-V  in the preliminary TofC.

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Notice to Subscribers

Due to the complementary nature of this study to TCGR’s previous reports in this area, namely the 2017 and 2019 editions of TCGR’s “Oil to Chemicals” studies, TCGR is offering a discount of $1,000 of “Renewable Fuels: Feedstock, Catalyst, and Process Advances” to subscribers of the above-mentioned studies. Subscribers are requested to contact Chris Dziedziak at +1 215.628.4447 or cdziedziak@catalystgrp.com if further details are required or to determine if your organization is entitled. When completing the order form, please make sure to indicate your company’s subscription to the earlier report.


Additional information, including the updated study proposal, the preliminary Table of Contents and the Order Form, is available via the link below
or by contacting Chris Dziedziak at +1 215.628.4447 or cdziedziak@catalystgrp.com.


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The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR), a member of The Catalyst Group, is dedicated to monitoring and analyzing technical and commercial developments in catalysis as they apply to the global refining, petrochemical, fine/specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer/elastomer and environmental industries.