Shell signs biofuels agreement with SBI BioEnergy Inc.

Agreement grants Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI's renewable drop-in biofuels.

June 28, 2017   by PLANT Staff

CALGARY — Shell International Exploration and Production and SBI BioEnergy Inc. have reached an agreement that grants Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI’s biofuel technology.

Edmonton-based SBI converts a range of waste oils, greases and sustainable vegetable oils into lower carbon drop-ins for diesel, jet fuel and gasoline.

Under the agreement, Shell and SBI will work together to demonstrate the potential of the technology and, if successful, scale up for commercial application.

SBI uses a continuous catalytic process that converts fat, oil or grease into renewable gasoline, diesel and jet fuel that can be dropped directly in to petroleum fuels. The drop-in products do not require blending or any modifications to engines or infrastructure.

Biofuels emit less CO2 than petroleum products so their addition to fuels has the potential to reduce transport emissions and help fuel suppliers to meet lower carbon or renewable fuel standards.

Shell says biofuels are essential to decarbonize transport fuels because they represent one of the most practical, commercial and cost-efficient solution to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport fuels sector over the next twenty years.

Raízen, a joint venture between Shell and the Brazilian company Cosan, is one of the world’s largest producer of sugar-cane ethanol. Shell is also developing advanced biofuels made with non-edible plants and crop waste.

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