Neste: Expanding the Utilization of Residues to Produce Renewable Fuels

Putting poor quality waste fats into good use while keeping an eye on algae oil and waste plastic

Keilaranta, Finland, October 12, 2016: Neste has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues as a result of long-term work. As a pioneer in this field, Neste has already an exceptionally extensive portfolio of raw materials. The portfolio is actively developed with the aim of being expanded even further.

In particular, the company focuses on waste and residues that contain fat, which currently cover close to 80% of the raw materials of renewable products. “Having as extensive a portfolio of raw materials as possible provides flexibility, which we need as a global company to serve multiple markets and meet their special requirements. At the same time, Neste creates credibility and vitality for the entire biofuel industry by also creating possibilities for other companies to utilize diverse raw materials,” says Päivi Lintonen, Supply Development Manager from Neste’s Renewable Products business area. Lintonen is responsible for development work related to raw materials already utilized by Neste, such as developing the potential of the waste and residue streams of these materials.

Neste has been collecting fat from meat and fish processing industry’s slaughter and gutting waste from a number of sources globally for several years. Other significant sources on a global scale are fat residues and used cooking oil from the food industry and restaurants.

According to Lintonen, the aim is to be able to utilize raw materials of increasingly poor quality, for which there have not been significant uses so far. From the circular economy and sustainability point of view, the aim is naturally also to obtain more added value from raw materials that could otherwise end up being merely incinerated.  “When considering a new raw material, the first task is to ensure that it meets sustainability criteria – both those laid down in legislation and Neste’s own criteria, which are often even stricter. Only after this do we review how each raw material technically suits to be processed in our refineries.”

Many residues from the production of vegetable oils are suitable for use as raw materials for Neste’s renewable products. Such residues include, for example, palm fatty acid distillate consisting of free fatty acids, i.e. inedible rancid fats that are removed from food industry oil to improve taste, color and odor.

Technical corn oil, on the other hand, is a residue of corn-based ethanol production and the related production process for animal feed, and is not suitable for human consumption. By utilizing the residues of vegetable oil production, Neste’s raw material sourcing does not compete with food production; rather, it offers an emission-reducing and sustainable use for processing residues that are produced in any case in the food industry.

Another raw material worth mentioning is tall oil pitch, a residue produced in connection with the production of tall oil in the pulp industry, which Neste has already been using as a bio-component blended with fossil fuel. More extensive ways of utilizing it are being researched.

Looking into new ways to accelerate circular economy

“To ensure growth, we must have a perspective of ten years from now, when the world will probably look completely different. The waste- and residue-based fats and oils utilized in the current refineries are, to some extent, limited sources for which we must seek new alternatives,” says Päivi Paakkarinen, working on renewable raw materials not yet used by Neste.

Algae oil is one of the most important renewable future raw materials, one which Neste has already been researching for a long time and made sourcing preparations by making conditional off-take agreements with suppliers of algae oil, among other measures. Microalgae that produces algae oil are not yet cultivated on an industrial scale due to high costs. According to Paakkarinen, a promising process already exists, but finding suitable partners and a cooperation model are crucial issues.

“The required investments present a major challenge also for the utilization of forestry residues. More research work and technology developments are required before we can find a cost-efficient solution,” Paakkarinen explains, although also in this sector, Neste has already carried out internationally trailblazing work related to both the development of technology and refining of raw material.

According to Paakkarinen, increasing significance of the circular economy will inevitably be a future trend. “In our research, we also investigate the suitability of a wide range of recycled raw materials, such as waste plastic, as raw material for our refining. This way, waste material can be returned to circulation and reused several times.”

 Expanding the Utilization of Residues

Expanding the Utilization of Residues

Source: Neste

Successful Start for Neste’s ‘Pre-Order the Future’

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Project has already generated hundreds of ideas for renewable solutions

Keilaranta, Finland, May 17, 2016: Neste’s ‘Pre-Order the Future’ project has generated over 370 unique renewable ideas during the project’s first three weeks. After launching the project on April 20, people have been able to submit their own dream concepts for a renewable future at Link. Also the project launch video, an inspirational spoken word piece by Prince Ea, has encouraged people to share their dreams and collected over 47 million views in Facebook.

“It’s wonderful to see how Pre-order the Future has already become one global platform for the discussion on finding new ways and applications for the use of renewable raw materials”, says Neste’s Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Marketing, Osmo Kammonen.

People around the world have shared their wildest dreams from trash sorting garbage cans to energy harvesting chairs to take part on the mission for a better future. Pre-order the Future team reads every feedback and makes sure that no idea is left unnoticed.

Pre-order the Future has also five permanent topics, modern concepts generated by the Neste experts team. Anyone who visits the website can vote on and discuss around the subjects to make their favorite topic win.  The project leads to the point where one topic is pronounced the winner and will be built as a prototype.

In August 2016, one of the topic is announced to be the winner and developed into a prototype that will be launched in January 2017.

“For now the topics have been voted for over 7,400 times, which is a remarkable start to our project. I’m excited to see what we can still achieve in the coming months”, Kammonen continues. Check out the TOP 5 best ideas submitted by the public so far:

Neste is the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel. The annual production capacity is more than 2 million tons. Neste is also are the world’s largest company providing renewable fuel from waste and residues. Neste’s operations have received recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies, among others.

Source: Neste Corporation

‘Neste Oil’ Stations Become ‘Neste’

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“Oil” no longer illustrates the company

Keilaranta, Finland, March 29, 2016: The official name of Neste Oil was changed to Neste Corporation in June 2015. The word “oil” no longer illustrated the company, in which products based on renewable raw materials have become an increasingly important part of the business. Now, the name of the Neste Oil station chain will be changed to Neste in Finland, the Baltic countries and Russia.

The process to change the names of stations will begin in April and will be completed in October. At the end of 2015, Neste had 790 stations in Finland and 258 stations in north-western Russia in the St. Petersburg region, and in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Neste claims to be the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel with an annual production capacity of more than 2 million tons. Neste is the world’s largest company providing renewable fuel from waste and residues.

Source: Neste Corporation