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West Biofuels Contributes to the Circular Economy & Delivers Renewable Energy

At a Glance

West Biofuels reached out to A-Gas when their incoming supply of cyclopentane was stuck at a port, which would have pushed their timeline to bring a rice-hull-fueled power plant in Northern California online months behind. Experts in supply chain logistics, A-Gas’ Performance Chemicals team had a stock of down-packed high purity cyclopentane. As such, the team was able to ship 18,200 pounds in 56 drums to the power plant within two weeks.

Challenges

  • Urgent cyclopentane need
  • Need down packed cyclopentane in drums
  • Deliver biomass-fueled renewable energy
  • Secure reliable future cyclopentane supply

Benefits

  • Economic: Elimination of downtime in bringing a power plant online

  • Environmental: Use of a low global warming and zero ozone depleting working fluid (high purity cyclopentane); Reduced power consumption; Renewable energy generation

  • Other: Access to cyclopentane in smaller volumes than ISO tanks

A-Gas’ ability to get us the cyclopentane we needed on a fast timeline allowed us to get our Organic Rankine Cycle turbines up and running, bringing biomass renewable energy to the California electricity grid. That’s a win for the environment and Californians.

Dr. Matthew Summers, Chief Operating Officer, West Biofuels

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Over 18K pounds of cyclopentane provided, resulting in 26,000 MWh of clean, renewable electricity annually.