Corrosion and Materials Considerations for Renewable Diesel and other Fuel-from-Biomass Units
Thursday, August 19, 2021 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Nate Sutton and Kenneth Kirkham, P.E.
As governments around the world promote lower-carbon fuels, credits are available for renewable fuel producers. A critical factor in determining the profitability of a renewable diesel unit (RDU) or other fuel-from-biomass project is the speed with which the producer can bring their products to market in states or countries offering credits. E2G has consulted on the damage mechanisms, materials selection, and inspection needs for several types of renewable fuels units, including those processing soybean oil, distiller’s corn oil (DCO), animal fats (tallow), and co-product oils from other biomass sources. Some renewables units require pretreatment that poses additional corrosion challenges. In every case, there is a need to balance reliability with speed to market.
Both Mr. Sutton and Mr. Kirkham have provided expert consulting services for renewable fuels units. Their work has included performing damage mechanism reviews, providing materials selection recommendations, and specifying integrity operating windows for such units. They have worked directly with capital project groups to maintain project costs and schedules while ensuring the equipment utilized is robust against the applicable mechanisms. Mr. Sutton and Mr. Kirkham are also active in industry-sponsored projects that seek to develop corrosion test data for common materials in renewables-processing streams.