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.