By Brock Eidem and Jerry Kristian, Co-Founders of NULIFE GreenTech
The Canadian Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) and the escalating price on carbon are driving the demand for technology to lower the carbon intensity of fuels globally. By 2030, the required CI of liquid fuels will be 23% lower than the current baseline, therefore significant efforts will be required to achieve this milestone. Renewable diesel, named the “fuel of the future,” is expected to support these mandates, and generates credits under the CFS program. Low carbon fuels below the annual standard earn credits, while fuels with a carbon intensity higher than annual standard generate deficits. However, there is a world-wide shortage of renewable diesel and looming challenges with feedstock availability and security put significant pressure on the demand.
The search for low carbon fuel feedstocks to meet the demand of green energy is one where the commodity-ESG conundrum is already apparent. A renewable diesel boom may have an immense impact on the demand for oilseeds, soybeans, and canola that compete with other crops for finite planting area and affects food prices. This creates a troubling supply chain conundrum that NULIFE is excited to solve via its patented Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) technology.
So, what is Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL)?
The HTL process can convert all kinds of biomass into renewable biocrude oil. This renewable biocrude oil can be upgraded into renewable diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Additionally, the HTL process is exothermic and yields an energy efficiency of 85-90 percent, fitting within the current mandates set out by governments globally.
How is NULIFE supporting the shift from a linear to circular economy?
NULIFE GreenTech (NULIFE) accelerates renewable fuels production to deliver a profitable, low carbon future. Since 2016, NULIFE has been a trailblazer in the development of clean technologies that utilize landfill diverted waste to accelerate the production of low carbon energy products for the renewable fuels market.
NULIFE’s technology portfolio includes those which are environmentally sustainable and deliver on environmental, economic, and sustainability goals. Our HTL technology transforms landfill diverted waste into renewable biocrude oil and has been demonstrated on a commercial scale. It possesses a modular design to support growth with a lower capex. This technology is scalable for global impact, supporting the need for various low-carbon transportation fuel alternatives and can contributing to municipal waste challenges.
NULIFE proven and proprietary technology uses heat, pressure, and water to process a wide variety of carbonaceous waste. The renewable crude oil is able to be upgraded by a refinery into renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel. Our feedstock is landfill diverted waste versus other renewable fuel producers’ feedstocks that are grown on valuable farmland where food should be grown or is in limited supply. This will yield a GHG reduction of up to 3.5 tonnes/C02e per every ton of waste diverted. We pride ourselves on delivering a solution that does not create hazardous by-products and creates nearly zero emissions.
NULIFE’s export potential is driven by multiple needs, including landfill diversion and demand for renewable, and low carbon intensity fuels. Our contribution to this space supports the transition from a linear to circular economy, by providing a solution for municipal waste issues and generating sustainable products in which each of us will benefit from globally.
Originally published in Scovan’s IGNITE Vol. 3