Detailed information about diesel bio-based blendstocks is presented below.
|Fuel Name||Renewable Diesel Blendstock|
|Fuel Pathway||Biofuel Blendstock (Diesel)|
|Scenario||Future Model, High Vol|
|Plant Gate Fuel Price|
|Fixed Capital Investment|
|521,000,000 - 750,000,000|
|Fixed Operating Cost|
|Mature Industry Feedstock Production Cost|
|53,100,000 - 54,200,000|
|Other (non-feedstock) Variable Operating Cost|
|3,130,000 - 90,700,000|
|Power Sales Revenue|
|1,040,000 - 2,080,000|
|Total Product Yield|
|44.80 - 60.00|
|Coproducts Sales Revenue|
|38,600,000 - 184,000,000|
|CO2e Emissions (Well to Wheels)|
|NOX Emissions (Well to Wheels)|
The data and estimates presented here are based on the following key assumptions:
- The fuel price (e.g., Lowest Cost, Lowest Emissions) is associated with a single year. Because we do not provide a time-series trajectory, here we show fuel price at a frozen level for all years so we can offer a range of fuel price values. In the levelized cost of driving and emissions charts, this approach clearly distinguishes effects of fuels from those of vehicle technologies, because fuels remain constant while vehicle technologies change over time.
- A range of sources and pathways is represented here to provide an overview of strategies for producing cost-effective fuels. This is why there is a single fuel price metric but other metrics display ranges of values.
- The plant gate fuel prices shown here are meant to reflect minimum fuel selling prices (and do not include distribution costs or taxes).
- The fuel price for renewable diesel is adopted from a recent catalytic fast pyrolysis state-of-technology report (Dutta et al., 2018) and throughput capacity, costs and yield numbers are based on Dutta et al. (Dutta et al., 2018) and biochemical design reports (Davis et al., 2018).
- The well-to-wheels emissions for renewable diesel are from Cai et al. (Cai et al., 2018), which assumes woody feedstocks. The values correspond to renewable diesel via the ex situ catalytic fast pyrolysis pathway. Note that Cai et al. (Cai et al., 2018) also provide well-to-wheels emissions estimates on CO2e and NOX for the biochemical pathway.
- The renewable diesel pathways represented in the 2020 Transportation ATB reflect the current research efforts of the Department of Energy; note that renewable diesel is also produced from other pathways, including those that utilize conventional vegetable oil and waste feedstocks (DOE, 2020).
- The data downloads include additional detail on assumptions and calculations for each metric.
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The following references are specific to this page; for all references in this ATB, see References.