Aemetis’ exclusively licensed technology for the production of below zero-carbon renewable fuel has been awarded a US patent.
With the US Patent No. 10907184, the company can now launch Aemetis Carbon Zero production plants to commercialise its technology.
The first Aemetis Carbon Zero production plant — Carbon Zero 1 — is planned for the 140-acre Riverbank Industrial Complex in central California, a former Army ammunition production facility with 710,000 sq ft of existing production buildings.
The Carbon Zero 1 plant will extract sugars from waste wood and then process the sugar into renewable fuel at the existing Aemetis 65 million gallon per year plant near Modesto, California.
This process is expected to reduce the amount of corn used in biofuel production, provide a 90% reduction in feedstock cost, and significantly increase the value of the biofuel by significantly reducing its carbon intensity.
Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis, said: “We are naming these projects Carbon Zero to reflect our mission to reduce GHGs. Wood is partially comprised of CO2 from the air.
“Agricultural waste wood has a below zero carbon intensity as a fuel by avoiding GHG emissions, since waste wood is usually burned in the field or breaks down into harmful methane emissions.
“By combining below zero carbon waste wood with zero-carbon renewable energy obtained from solar, hydroelectric and biogas sources, Aemetis is transforming these sources of renewable energy into zero-carbon renewable fuels that work with existing engines, as well as range extender generators used in electric cars or trucks as long-haul and local delivery vehicle adopt electric drivetrains to improve emissions, fuel efficiency, and performance.”
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