Ontario Government Selects Rentech's New Renewable Jet Fuel Project for Long-Term Supply of Biomass from Crown Forests

Olympiad Renewable Energy Centre has been selected to supply up to 1.1 million cubic metres (1.3 million U.S. tons) per year of Crown timber for the sustainable production of renewable RenJet jet fuel.


Renewable RenJet and naphtha to be produced at the Olympiad Project are estimated to reduce approximately 600,000 metric tonnes per year of CO2-equivalent from the atmosphere compared to the same products produced from petroleum. This equates to removing more than 100,000 passenger cars from the road. Production of RenJet from forest waste and unmerchantable species at the Olympiad Project has the dual benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing Canada with a domestic supply of certified low-carbon jet fuel.

RenJet is virtually free of sulfur and aromatics. When compared to traditional jet fuel, tailpipe emissions from RenJet generate lower amounts of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOX), and sulfur oxides (SOX). Life-cycle emissions of carbon dioxide are significantly below those of petroleum-based jet fuel. The lower density of RenJet fuel could enable aircraft to have a lower take-off weight, which conserves fuel and lowers operating costs.

Rentech operates a demonstration facility in Commerce City, Colorado, deploying its synthetic fuels technology that has produced over 150,000 litres (40,000 gallons) of certified synthetic fuels. In 2010, a commercial flight flew on a blend of Rentech’s synthetic jet fuel and conventional Jet-A with no difference in performance when compared to conventional jet fuel.

About Rentech, Inc.

Rentech, Inc. (www.rentechinc.com), incorporated in 1981, provides clean energy solutions. The Company's Rentech-SilvaGas biomass gasification process can convert multiple biomass feedstocks into synthesis gas (syngas) for production of renewable fuels and power. Combining the gasification process with Rentech's unique application of syngas conditioning and clean-up technology and the patented Rentech Process based on Fischer-Tropsch chemistry, Rentech offers an integrated solution for production of synthetic fuels from biomass. The Rentech Process can also convert syngas from fossil resources into ultra-clean synthetic jet and diesel fuels, specialty waxes, and chemicals. Final product upgrading and acid gas removal technologies are provided under an alliance with UOP, a Honeywell company.

Rentech develops projects and offers licenses for these technologies for application in synthetic fuels and power facilities worldwide. Rentech Energy Midwest Corporation, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, manufactures and sells nitrogen fertilizer products including ammonia, urea ammonia nitrate, urea granule, and urea solution in the corn-belt region of the central United States.

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