Profitable today – ready for the future
Clean fuels made from renewable feeds are increasingly relevant for meeting energy demands today and in the future.
Topsoe’s environmentally sustainable HydroFlex™ technology gives refiners the ability to make the shift by converting renewable feedstocks into drop-in, ultra-low sulfur gasoline, jet fuel, or diesel. The process offers total feedstock flexibility for treating biologically-derived materials, such as tall oil, palm oil, corn oil, rapeseed oil, pyrolysis oil, and tallow.
HydroFlex™ technology produces synthetic diesel that is fully compatible with today’s energy infrastructure and meets both ASTM 975 and EN 590 specifications. In fact, renewable diesel is often superior to fossil-based diesel in terms of cetane number and sulfur content. This gives you the opportunity to blend it with lower grade fossil diesel cuts to increase their value—and boost margins.
Renewable fuels have several advantages over first-generation fuels, such as FAME (fatty acid methyl esters) and conventional fuels. The table below compares the most common product properties for conventional and FAME diesel with a renewable diesel produced with HydroFlex™.
|Conventional diesel||1st generation diesel FAME||Renewable diesel|
|Cold flow properties||++||+||+++|
|Blend in||-||max. 7%||0-100%|
Topsoe has been researching and developing innovative solutions for renewable fuel production since 2004. Many licensed HydroFlex™ units are in full operation today.
We optimize HydroFlex‘s footprint and configuration to individual project constraints and objectives, so design will naturally differ. Yet the market opportunities for HydroFlex™ are many, since it can hydrotreat any renewable oil and can be deployed in both grassroot units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications.
Typical stand-alone HydroFlex™ configuration for processing of renewable feeds
Typical HydroFlex™ configuration for co-processing of renewable and fossil feeds