Next Generation Thinking,
Next Generation Fuel

Argo Fuels, Inc. is a biofuels innovations company that aims to reduce the cost of biofuel, create value from waste, and contribute meaningfully to economic growth, improved air quality, and fuel independence. Our unique designs have improved upon decades of technology and far exceed the current industry standards in the productions of biofuel.




Innovation

Our innovative, patent-pending biofuel technologies and processes improve productivity and margin by decreasing production costs, reducing risk, and increasing fuel and waste-stream quality. Here are some of our favorite innovations:


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NanoCatalystTM Processor Design:

Our Argo Fuels NanoCatalystTM sets a new industry standard for production speed. Even using the toughest feedstocks, our processors can reach full reaction in just four minutes, compared to what used to take two hours. Not only does this reduce time costs, it cuts the energy required to fuel the reaction in half!

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Supercritical Solid Catalyst (SSC):

Our custom processor uses a reusable solid metal catalyst that increases overall process safety and decreases expense by reducing toxicity and slashing production costs. The total cost for this catalyst is about a third of the industry standard due to lower initial cost and the fact that we can reuse it.

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Feedstock Flexibility:

Our processor thrives on raw material inputs of up to 100 percent FFA (free fatty acid) fats, oils, and greases. These feedstocks have a complex molecular makeup, leaving them unusable by the majority of other biofuel producers.

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Size and Scalability:

Our processors allow for a full-scale refinery with an 8-million gallon-per-year output capacity to fit entirely inside a 40-foot shipping container. These shipping containers can then be sent directly to sources of feedstock (like wastewater treatment plants) anywhere in the world and allow for fast, scalable expansion of processing capacity.

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Environmentally Friendly:

Unlike traditional fuel producers, our time, energy, and space efficiency all contribute to an ultra-low carbon footprint. Plus, our synthetic diesel burns 90 percent cleaner than traditional fuel. In fact, using high-quality synthetic diesel could cut fuel-based particulate air pollutants in half.

Argo Biofuel

In addition to production of our innovative processors, we produce high-quality synthetic diesel. This fuel meets the highest ASTM certification standards (D6751), and is safe to blend with petroleum diesel (e.g. B99) or use directly (B100). Our fuel can be produced from a variety of second generation feedstocks, such as brown grease.

What is synthetic diesel?

The terms synthetic diesel and biodiesel are often used interchangeably, but there are differences between our synthetic diesel and standard biodiesel. To produces our synthetic diesel, we use a unique distilling process that is not used in the production of standard biodiesel to produce cleaner, more efficient fuel. Moreover, our fuel is highly oxygenated, which improves fuel efficiency over traditional biodiesel. In short, synthetic diesel and biodiesel are cleaner-burning alternatives to regular petroleum diesel fuel. The Alternative Fuels Data Center explains:

Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable fuel that can be manufactured domestically from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease... Biodiesel is a liquid fuel often referred to as B100 or 'neat' biodiesel in its pure, unblended form. Like petroleum diesel, biodiesel is used to fuel compression-ignition engines.

To learn more about biodiesel, visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center (a resource provided by the U.S. Department of Energy).

While many make claims about their biodiesel, our process is proven to be reliable, safe, economical, and environmentally friendly. We want to make sure that you to have the highest-quality product around, and guarantee that our synthetic diesel will always meet the toughest fuel standards.

Our Production Process

The Argo Fuels production process begins by combining high FFA (free fatty acid) waste fats, oils, and greases (a.k.a. feedstock) with a ratio of methane alcohol in tanks that warm and blend the mixture. This mixture then runs through a distilling processor utilizing a high-pressure, supercritical solid metal catalyst reactor. When this mixture is brought within certain temperature and pressure parameters inside the processor and electricity is introduced, a chemical reaction is initiated. The two end output products are technical grade glycerin and high-quality synthetic diesel fuel. These outputs are then separated, cooled, and pumped into holding tanks.

In the synthetic diesel production process, the feedstock goes through a process called transesterification. In this process, the triglyceride fat molecules are combined with methanol and drained of glycerin to produce a renewable, clean burning, low carbon-intensity diesel fuel. Compared to petroleum-based diesel (or even blended with petroleum-based diesel), synthetic diesel is non-toxic, safer to handle, cleaner burning, and provides enhanced fuel economy. Thanks to our NanoCatalystTM processor technology, Argo Fuels is one of only a few companies in the world capable of running an economically-sustainable business using only second generation feedstocks that do not put a strain on the food supply or compete with agriculture.

What are feedstocks?

The necessary inputs for synthetic diesel production are commonly called "feedstocks." Traditional biodiesel fuel is made from a variety of sources called first generation feedstocks. These include oils from vegetables, corn, peanut, safflower, almond, coconut and other sources as well as some waste animal fats and tree pulp. First generation feedstocks often compete with human consumption and agricultural use. As these feedstocks are the primary input for many biodiesel producers at this time, biofuel critics have voiced their concerns that the cost of food could rise dramatically as more farmers begin growing crops to be used in fuel feedstock instead of food.

Argo Fuels has been at the forefront of developing processes that can use other types of feedstock that do not compete with human consumption to synthesize fuel. These feedstocks are called second generation feedstocks and include brown grease from wastewater treatment plants, pulp residue from paper mills, and other sources. Our ability to use second generation feedstock creates a significant advantage because these inputs are associated with significantly lower costs. Largely for this reason, although biodiesel synthesized from second generation feedstock represents less than 23 percent of the current biodiesel market, it is expected that second generation biodiesel will drive industry growth

Argo Fuels is one of the few companies currently able to produce high-quality diesel from second generation feedstocks, and is ready to lead the industry in cost-effective, large-output biodiesel production.

What is brown grease?

One significant second generation feedstock is brown grease. Brown grease comes from a variety of sources including grease traps and wastewater treatment facilities. This grease has a complex molecular makeup with high levels of free fatty acids (FFA) that exceed the allowable limits for animal feed. In fact, more than 4.2 billion gallons of waste fats, oils, and greases are literally thrown away in the United States alone each year. Argo Fuels can make use of this waste, keeping it out of landfills and producing clean fuel.

About Us

Our Story

Argo Fuels was first imagined in California back in 2010 when engineer and inventor Ray Dellinger became concerned about the quality of the air we breathe and the high costs of clean energy. He recognized the dangers of bad air quality, and understood that petroleum-based diesel contributes significantly to air pollution. And so, Ray sought an alternative. He saw a need to improve the process of producing biodiesel, because cleaner fuel would mean cleaner air. At that time, biodiesel production required the use of dangerous and volatile chemicals, and fuel production was generally not economical without substantial subsidies from the federal government. Ray began development of his first generation processor with the goal of reducing the need to use hazardous chemicals in the biodiesel production process. He also wanted to make the process more economically feasible. With the completion of his first generation processor and successful production of his initial batches of diesel, Argo Fuels was born.


Over time, Ray began exploring a biodiesel production process that could make use of the billions of gallons of waste fats, oils, and greases that are disposed of every year in the U.S. alone. With the development of newly-emerging supercritical reactor technology and the goal of using these wastes, Argo started down the path of designing its second generation processor. This led to the development of our NanoCatalystTM Processor. Our ingenious design allows us to produce high-grade synthetic diesel while using less energy and fewer chemical inputs than most other methods currently used. We have proven these processes in the laboratory and have nearly completed our first production-ready processor.

Goals

Located in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah, we focus on creating processes and products that will clean up the environment and create a renewable fuel source from waste streams. These practices can be implemented virtually anywhere to make a significant positive impact on the surrounding environment.

Argo Fuels aims to:

  • Reduce the various costs of producing biofuels and make it more economically feasible, sustainable, and competitive with petroleum-based fuels.
  • Create valuable products from waste streams to encourage industry innovation and environmental responsibility.
  • Create clean, sustainable economic growth for our communities.
  • Contribute to U.S. energy independence from foreign oil sources.
  • Improve air quality through clean fuel innovation.

Our Team

The Argo Fuels team is passionate about innovation and clean fuel. Founder and CEO Ray Dellinger is an innovator with over twenty-five years of technical experience in the industrial market, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, and computer integration fields. In addition to fifteen years of experience integrating computers with industrial processes, he has eight years of experience specifically in renewable fuel processing. Under Ray's leadership, the Argo team has grown to include skilled machinists, engineers, business analysts, and advisors with over fifty years of additional combined experience. Our expertise includes building and engineering domestic and international plants and refineries, developing innovative equipment, and building businesses from the ground up.


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