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Converting Assets For Renewable Fuels

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Burns and McDonnell has said the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and state-level Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) are driving interest and growth of renewable fuel production in the US: “These regulations open up the opportunity for terminal operators to consider converting existing assets to support renewable fuel production.”

The renewable fuel industry is rapidly expanding, with many operators looking to convert existing tanks to accommodate production.

It said: “Several considerations must be taken into account before modifications can be made. With careful evaluation of those assets, operators can identify if there’s a benefit in converting — either entirely or partially — from traditional hydrocarbons to renewable fuel storage.”

Interest in renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel is expected to grow, according to the US Department of Energy, but each presents unique challenges for operators.

When using biomass as feedstocks, the processing and storage of these feedstocks must factor in the handling of fats, oils, greases, and other raw material, waste and residue.

It concluded: “To determine if converting existing infrastructure is the right path forward, there are several questions to explore upfront.”

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