Besides the fleet of EVs and eco-friendly vehicles which swamped Copenhagen, fuel suppliers are trying their best to prove they don't actually hate trees. Traditional fuel suppliers have been replaced in Copenhagen by the simple plug or by those like Honeywell, who offered to fuel vehicles at the conference with green diesel, produced by using the Ecofining process.
Ecofining allows for the algae to be converted in green diesel. The fuel thus produced will be pumped into an unmodified Mercedes Benz E-Klasse sedan.
The Ecofining process was developed together with Italian refiner Eni and uses catalytic hydroprocessing technology to convert natural oils and animal fats to green diesel fuel. The result is a fuel similar to the traditional diesel, with high cetane value, good cold-flow performance and reduced emissions.
"Green diesel is an important option in meeting our energy demands and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and one that needs to be front and center during the Copenhagen discussion," Jennifer Holmgren, vice president and general manager of UOP's Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit said in a release.
"UOP has partnered with Solazyme to showcase the viability of renewable fuel processing technology as well as algae generation technology and spur conversation about their role in our future energy portfolio."