Benefuel Inc., a biodiesel process technology and production company based in Irving, Texas, has partnered with Flint Hills Resources LLC, a leading refining, biofuels and chemicals company, in efforts to develop refineries in the US that utilize Benefuel’s patented ENSEL refining technology which aims to increase profitability while reducing resource consumption and wastage.
The partnership between the two companies has been dubbed Duonix LLC, and is currently working on their first project in a plant in Beatrice, Nebraska. Itochu Corp., one of Japan’s largest conglomerates and a current Benefuel shareholder, has invested in the Beatrice plant project and is also working with Benefuel to open opportunities in Asia.
“Benefuel’s goal is to reduce the operating cost of producing biodiesel and ultimately compete on par with petroleum diesel,” said Benefuel CEO Rob Tripp. “After working on this for six years, it is tremendously rewarding to receive the committed collaboration of two world-class corporations.”
Biodiesel production costs are most comprised of high feedstock costs, amounting to about 75-90 percent. Benefuel’s technology will make higher margins possible for the refiner by generating low-cost feedstocks. This should also provide feedstock producers new opportunities in this fast-growing industry.
About Benefuel’s ENSEL technology
Benefuel’s ENSEL™ biorefining process streamlines production, eliminates waste and by-products and expands product capabilities to produce a biodiesel with excellent cold weather properties and a high-grade glycerin that can sell for more than the biodiesel itself. In addition, further processing of fatty acid methyl esters with ENSEL catalysts provides access to higher value-add markets, such as biodegradable lubricants, oleochemicals and glycerin derivatives.