Sustainable Solutions for a Cleaner Future
Renewable fuels are an important source of energy due to their sustainability, low contributions to the carbon cycle, and reduced greenhouse gases. Ladish is uniquely positioned to manufacture valves for renewable energy including biofuels. Biofuels are made from biomass which is derived from waste products such as used cooking oils, fats, greases, and soybean oil. The most common types of biofuels used today are ethanol, biodiesel & renewable diesel. We are here to help build the valves you need for long-term, environmentally sustainable solutions!
- Renewable Diesel Facilities
- Biodiesel Production
- Bioethanol Plants
- Sustainable Aviation Fuel
- Renewable Natural Gas
- Marine/Maritime Fuel
- Converting or expanding facilities from refining petroleum to manufacturing renewable fuels and chemicals.
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Fuels of the Future
According to the National Biodiesel Board, “biodiesel, renewable diesel, and renewable jet fuel will be recognized as mainstream low-carbon fuel options with superior performance and emission characteristics. In on road, off road, air transportation, electricity generation, and home heating applications, [biofuel] use will exceed six billion gallons by 2030, eliminating over 35 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions annually. With advancements in feedstock, [biofuel] use will reach 15 billion gallons by 2050.” www.nbb.org/about-nbb/mission-vision
As the leading manufacturer of stainless, duplex and high nickel alloy valves, we take pride in our valve solutions for renewable energy solutions.
Ladish remains on the cutting edge of product development to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Our team is always ahead of the curve, staying in constant communication with field engineers and the like to develop solutions for the ever-changing markets we serve. We guarantee reliability with our ISO-certified quality system, rigorous testing and assembling.
What are Renewable Fuels?
Renewable fuels are fuels produced from renewable resources. This are in contrast to non-renewable fuels such as natural gas, LPG, petroleum and other fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Renewable fuels can include fuels that are synthesized from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. They have gained popularity due to their sustainability, low contributions to the carbon cycle, and reduced greenhouse gases.
What are Biofuels?
Put simply, first generation biofuel is energy made from living matter, generally plants. Biofuels are considered renewable energies and emit less than fossil fuels with the goal of transitioning to a low-carbon environment. The most common types of biofuels used today are ethanol, biodiesel and renewable diesel. Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass (explained later) can be converted directly into liquid fuels, commonly referred to as “biofuels”. These help meet transportation needs. Ethanol and biodiesel both represent the first generation of biofuel technology.
Other types of biofuels include:
- Renewable Diesel
- Sustainable Aviation Fuel
- Renewable Natural Gas
- Drop-in Hydrocarbons
- Marine / Maritime Fuel
What is Ethanol?
Ethanol is a renewable fuel that can be made from various plant materials, collectively known as “biomass”. Ethanol is an alcohol used as a blending agent with gasoline to increase octane and cut down carbon monoxide and other smog-causing emissions. Most ethanol is made from plant starches and sugars.
- Made from feedstocks such as corn, barley, sugarcane and trees
- Fermentation is the most common method for fuel ethanol production
- Used as a blending agent with gasoline to increase octane & cut down emissions
E10 Ethanol is a low-concentration biofuel blend consisting of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline
What is Renewable Diesel?
Renewable diesel is a biofuel that is chemically the same as petroleum diesel fuel. Renewable diesel meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification for petroleum diesel and may be used in existing petroleum pipelines, storage tanks, and diesel engines.
Renewable diesel is produced through various thermochemical processes such as hydrotreating, gasification, and pyrolysis.
Because renewable diesel is chemically the same as petroleum diesel, it may be used in its pure form (called R100) or mixed/blended with petroleum diesel similar to biodiesel blending. A blend of 20% renewable diesel and 80% petroleum diesel is called R20, and a blend of 5% renewable diesel and 95% of petroleum diesel is called R5.
- Made from waste products such as animal fats, grease and cooking oils
- Drop-in substitute for petroleum diesel engines
- Requires no modifications to pipelines
*Sourced from the EIA
What is Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is a liquid fuel produced from renewable sources, such as new and used vegetable oils and animal fats. Low carbon biodiesel is a cleaner-burning, sustainable substitute to petroleum based diesel that reduces carbon emissions by over 80%. It is non-toxic and biodegradable and is produced by combining alcohol with vegetable oil, animal fat, or recycled cooking grease. Research also shows it boosts engine performance and service life. Due to increases in demand and availability for this alternative, biodiesel has increasingly become more cost-effective.
- Made from any feedstock containing free fatty acids; soybean oil, grease and fats
- Cleaner alternative to petroleum based diesel
- Blended with petroleum diesel to fuel diesel engines*Sourced from the Department of Energy
Why does Low Carbon even matter?
All fuels have “lifecycle” greenhouse gas emissions during extraction, production, transportation and use. Biofuels reduce the amount of carbon emissions, and is a cost effective way to achieve clean energy efforts across the board.
Where are biofuels used today?
- Fueling cars and trucks
- Replace MTBE
- Ultra Low Sulphur
- Fueling air craft
- Ethanol cook stoves
- Military aviation fuels
- Military marine fuels
- Green racing: E85 in Indy Cars, Formula 1
Where will biofuels be used in the future?
- Fuels for high performance vehicles (H2 or Ethanol for Fuel Cells)
- Drop-In Petroleum Fuel Replacements
- Rocket Fuel
Ladish Manufactures Valves for Biofuel Refinery Projects
Our Commitment to Quality. All the Time. Every Time.
Ladish will meet and often exceed the highest industry standards for valve performance. Our product line is specifically designed and manufactured to meet the stringent demands of the most corrosive service environments and high temperature applications. Our valves are produced under rigorous metallurgical and manufacturing controls that assure a consistent, high degree of performance and dependability. Read more about our five-step traceability process here.
Low Emissions Are a Basis, Not an Afterthought.
Meeting low emission requirements of our customers is a top priority. Our valves are designed with low emission requirements as a basis, not an afterthought. At Ladish, we test our valves to meet or exceed low fugitive emissions. We have successfully tested our product to the following industries standards.
- API 624
- API 641
A Focus on Materials. Because They Matter.
We understand that when it comes to biofuels, material selection matters. Proper selection of materials in valve construction can overcome many challenges presented in bioethanol, biodiesel and renewable diesel applications. Our engineers are application specialists ready to help with new biofuel projects and biofuel plant conversions and expansions. The quality of material that we receive is critical to the quality of our product. With domestic source foundries and strictly monitored international vendors, we are relentless about the quality of materials sourced from our vendor community.
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Once again, Ladish will continue To Mark Progress.