Renewable energy, green energy or eco-friendly energy are all the same. Any energy that is collected from renewable and natural sources like the sun, wind, water etc. can be categorized under renewable energy. This type of energy generally does not release any pollutants into the atmosphere. 

Many advances have been made in the renewable energy sector. Solar energy from the sun, geothermal energy from earth’s heat, wind energy, biomass from plants and hydropower from water are popular. 

To fight the ill effects of non-renewable energy it is important to make alterations. The aviation industry is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions making a big and negative impact on climate change. Global aviation can generate an estimated 43 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions through 2050. 

Making a cleaner and greener switch in this mega-polluting industry is extremely vital. Made from biomass, biofuels are ethanol and biomass-based diesel fuel made from biomass materials. Slowly, aviation companies are making switches from regular jet aviation fuel. Some companies are using part biofuels and part jet fuel while some have switched entirely to biofuels. 

Fulcrum BioEnergy:

James Macias and Jim McDermott were the ones to establish Fulcrum Bioenergy in 2007, in Pleasanton, California, US. 

A pioneer in making low-carbon, low-cost, transportation fuels. The catch here is the material that the company uses to generate the biofuel, i.e. household garbage. The company believes in improving the quality of life in communities. According to them, the problem of ‘too much garbage’ in countries like America is fundamental and an alternative to the same is necessary. 

Using trash or garbage as their raw material, the company is diverting large volumes of local trash from landfills and aiming to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions on the same.

Fulcrum is making a difference today, and we are leading the way to a clean and sustainable future for America.

Fulcrum BioEnergy Logo
Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. logo

Technological overview: 

Fulcrum’s technology has achieved the most critical achievements of any technology, i.e. it is proven, efficient, scalable and flexible. 

 

Fulcrum's Sierra Biorefinery
Fulcrum’s Sierra Biorefinery

Secondly, the feedstock they use, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), is ideal for use in the production of renewable fuels as it is rich in hydrogen and carbon. Even their proprietary thermochemical process that converts MSW is immaculate. 

 

Fulcrum’s synthetic crude (syncrude) product is a replacement for crude oil and will be upgraded to jet fuel and diesel. Their advanced system, competitive advantage in terms of pricing and commodity supply is an enabler for Fulcrum to produce low-carbon transportation fuel with stable production and significant cost advantage.

 

How sustainable?

Clean & Sustainable:

Using trash or garbage as feedstock can non arguably be one of the sensible ways of promoting sustainability. It can kill two birds with one stone, like solving the waste management crisis and replacing it with clean and sustainable fuel. As more waste is used for turning into biofuel, less land is needed for the burial of the same. Similarly, as the fuel is cleaner compared to regular jet fuel, there are fewer GHG emissions. This makes the product sustainable dually. 

Low-carbon, renewable fuels: 

Carbon emissions is a problem for all the 118 nations that have renewable energy targets. The company’s product falls under the US Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Renewable Fuel Standards Program (RFS). Their product qualifies as an ‘Advanced Biofuel’. 

Low-cost Producer:

Due to long-term agreements with waste services, Fulcrum has ensured a consistent supply of MSW feedstock and that too without price volatility. This enables them to produce transportation fuels at a cost that is very competitive to petroleum fuel. 

Clean-energy generation: 

Fossil fuel is a threat to the environment. It is important to keep our energy needs in check while adopting new and cleaner energy sources Fulcrum’s

low-carbon energy fuels are clean and sustainable. The process also generates enough heat to power each plant.  

Biofuel process
Biofuel process with United eco-skies

Advantages of Fulcrum’s biofuel:

Distinct advantages over conventional crude oils include: 

  • Environmental-friendly: reduces GHG by more than 80% in comparison to conventional crude oil production.
  • Cost-effective: long term agreements and the absence of price volatility make the product cost-effective.
  • Diverse: market-grade fuel product for what the customers want.
  • Certified: fuel tested, certified and approved for commercial and military aviation worldwide. 
  • Renewable and sustainable: Fulcrum’s fuel product qualifies for numerous regulatory standards – US Renewable Fuel Standard, California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard and Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials. 

Their fuel generation process offers benefits to the feedstock supply partners, customers and communities.

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