Fulcrum BioEnergy wraps up waste-to-biofuel facility in Nevada
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California-based waste-to-fuel specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy on Tuesday said it has finished building the world's first commercial-scale facility that will convert household waste into sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel and renewable gasoline in Nevada.
The plant, located in the city of Reno, has the capacity to convert 175,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste into nearly 11 million gallons (42 million litres) of syncrude, which would then be upgraded to transportation fuels with the brand Fulcrum Fuel.
The company has began start-up and commissioning of the facility and fuel production is due to start in the final quarter of the year.
The company is eyeing eight more locations in the US, which will produce over 400 million gallons of transportation fuel every year.
Fulcrum Fuel is used in planes, cars and trucks and the company has fuel offtake agreements with companies that include UK oil and gas major BP (LON:BP), United Airlines, Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific (HKG:0293), Japan Airlines (TYO:9201), World Fuel Services and Japan's Marubeni Corp (TYO:8002).