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Green Diesel: Further Developments in the Alternative Fuel Space

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  • 19 Pages
  • October 2019
  • Region: Global
  • BCC Research
  • ID: 4849359
UP TO OFF until Aug 31st 2033

Report Includes:

  • Review of the market for green/renewable diesel as a sustainable energy source and its future prospects
  • Key factorial analysis of this demand-driven market which includes advantages, limitations and development opportunities, and a push for further developments in the alternative/cleaner fuel space
  • Data corresponding to consumption and production capacity of green diesel within the North America and EU regions
  • Emphasis on the role of stringent government policies and regulations that leads to market demand and supply of this renewable fuel
  • Patent evaluation, including coverage of the current state of technology, new patent applications, and newly issued patents

Green diesel-which is also known by a number of terms such as renewable diesel, hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel (HDRD) or hydro processed esters and fatty acids (HEFA)-is second-generation biodiesel, which itself is also known by the chemical name fatty acid methyl ester (FAME). Green diesel differs from biodiesel in the way it is produced., biodiesel is processed using transesterification, while green or renewable diesel is processed using fractional distillation, the traditional process used to produce fossil-origin diesel fuel.

Green diesel is produced through a catalytic reaction that involves the hydroprocessing, decarboxylation, and/or decarbonylation of triacylglycerols derived from renewable feedstock. While research into how to produce green/renewable diesel through a variety of other methods is ongoing, currently, hydrotreating is the most accepted and commercially available method. Green/renewable diesel currently meets the ASTM D975 specification in the U.S. and EN 590 in Europe.

The figure below shows the basic difference in the green diesel and biodiesel production processes, which yield products of different chemical compositions. The production process of green diesel is similar to that of petroleum diesel. This similarity results in products of a similar chemical composition, which is why green diesel can be used with existing diesel engines; and it also allows green diesel to have a higher blend ratio with petroleum diesel (technically, there is no blend limit). Green diesel also offers several advantages over biodiesel, including lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Technology Highlights and Market Outlook
  • Green Diesel vs. Biodiesel
  • Co-Processing
  • Demand for Green Diesel
  • Current Low Dependability of Electric Vehicles (EV) and Resulting Shift Toward Renewable Diesel
  • Green/Renewable Diesel Has Proven Itself to be a Lower Polluting Fuel
  • Market Size
  • Demand in Specific Geographies
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Innovations and New Developments
  • Gevo’s Renewable Diesel from Fusel Oil
  • Neste’s Research on Waste Plastic-Based Feedstock
  • Cielo’s Wood Waste to Renewable Diesel
  • Funding for Feasibility Study on Sawmill Residue to Renewable Diesel
  • New Application Areas
  • Airline Industry
  • Current Market Challenges
  • High Initial Cost (Capital Expenditure or CAPEX)
  • Palm Oil Ban in Europe
  • Possible Impact on Environment Due to Deforestation
  • Low Knowledge and Lack of Government Incentives in Emerging Regions
  • Future Outlook
  • Possibility of Coexistence of Green Diesel and Biodiesel
  • Analyst’s Credentials
  • Related Reports

List of Tables
Table 1: Regulations and Legal Prohibitions by Various Government Opposing Diesel Vehicles
Table 2: Global Production of Green/Renewable Diesel, Through 2025
Table 3: Demand and Opportunities for Green/Renewable Diesel in Specific Geographies
Table 4: Global Demand for Green/Renewable Diesel and Prospective Market Size in the Airline Industry, Through 2030
List of Figures
Figure 1: Green Diesel vs. Biodiesel: Production Process



Companies Mentioned

  • Cielo, Inc.
  • Gevo
  • Neste