Investing in Renewable Biocrude
Tesoro is fostering the development of biocrude made from renewable biomass, which can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil. Tesoro is working collaboratively with several renewable energy companies to advance biomassto-fuels technology, including:
- Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.: Fulcrum plans to supply biocrude produced from municipal solid waste to Tesoro to process as a feedstock at its Martinez, California Refinery. An estimated 800 barrels of biocrude per day will be produced at Fulcrum’s Sierra BioFuels Plant in Reno, Nevada, which is expected to be operational in early 2018.
- Virent, Inc.: Tesoro and Virent are working to establish a strategic relationship to support scale-up and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology which produces low-carbon, biofuel and chemicals.
- Ensyn Corporation: Ensyn has applied for a pathway with the California Air Resources Board to co-process its biocrude, produced from tree residue – called Renewable Fuel Oil™ – in Tesoro’s California refineries.
Benefits of co-processing biocrude:
- utilizes existing infrastructure (refineries, retail stations, vehicles)
- biocrude can be co-processed along with traditional crude oil
- produces less carbon-intensive fuels at a lower cost than other technologies
- potential to lower compliance costs with RFS and LCFS by generating credits at refineries
From biomass to wheel:
Renewable biocrude is produced from various forms of biomass (tree residue, plant fibers or even household garbage) at a biofuels plant. The biocrude will be blended in with traditional crude oil at the Refinery to produce less carbonintensive fuels.