California-based renewable fuels producer Aemetis is on schedule to begin procurement for the start of construction of its Riverbank Carbon Zero sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD) plant by the end of the year.
Last October Aemetis retained engineering and construction firm CTCI Americas to conduct permitting and engineering work for the facility, which will be developed at the site of a 125-acre former U.S. Army munitions production facility in Riverbank, California. The process plan calls for using renewable hydrogen and hydroelectric energy to convert renewable feedstock such as distillers corn oil into SAF and RD. The facility will have a capacity of 90 million gallons per year with the ability to switch easily to 100 percent production of either if necessary.
Founded in 2006 Aemetis operates a renewable natural gas facility in California, along with a 65-million-gallon-per-year ethanol production facility. In India, the company owns and operates a distilled biodiesel plant that supplies customers in the country and in Europe.