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Neste Oil is an oil refining and marketing company located in Espoo, Finland. It produces, refines and markets oil products and provides engineering services, as well as licensing production technologies. Neste Oil has operations in 14 countries.Neste Oil has petroleum refineries, at Porvoo and Naantali in Finland, and two renewable diesel refineries, in Singapore and in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Porvoo site also produces renewable diesel. In addition to its own refineries, Neste Oil has stakes in a base oil plant in Bahrain and in Nynas AB, which produces naphthenic oil and bitumen.Neste Oil shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Stock Exchange. The company's market value in the end of 2013 was €3.7 billion. Neste Oil's revenue was about €17.5 billion in 2013. Wikipedia.


Patent
Neste Oil | Date: 2015-06-11

A method and apparatus for mixing at least two fluids is provided. The method involves using means for providing a spiral stream of a first fluid and a second fluid is injected directly inside the first fluid to achieve effective mixing.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: LCE-11-2014 | Award Amount: 6.00M | Year: 2015

Photofuel studies and advances the biocatalytic production of alternative liquid transportation fuels, which require only sunlight, CO2 and water. Microbial cells directly excrete hydrocarbon and long chain alcohol fuel compounds to the medium from which they are separated, without the need to harvest biomass. This significantly improves the costs and energy balances as only a minimum of nutrients is required for self-replication of the biocatalyst, whilst cell harvesting, drying and lipid extraction is omitted. Such minimum-input systems are compatible with operation on degraded or desert land which avoids the pitfalls of most of the currently available biofuel technologies. The products are drop-in fuels that fully or partially replace their fossil counterparts without the need for new infrastructure. To set a benchmark for alternative solar fuels, three research groups will collaborate in the advancement of the biocatalysts from TRL 3. The best biocatalytic system(s) will be up-scaled and operated outdoors in photobioreactors modified for direct fuel separation at a scale of several cubic meters (TRL 4-5). The identification of optimal future fuel blends with a fossil fuel base and Photofuel biofuels as additives, as well as the analysis of performance and emissions in car or truck engines, will be evaluated by the oil- and automotive-industry partners. The entire pathway will be assessed for environmental and economic performance as well as social acceptance of large scale production in rural communities and by the consumer. All results will be combined to a business development plan, which clearly identifies the opportunities but also the challenges prior to an economic fuel production in compliance to the EC Fuel Quality Directive.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: SPIRE-04-2014 | Award Amount: 514.80K | Year: 2015

Sustainability assessment methods are needed to support sustainable technology development and to evaluate the impacts of existing solutions, products and technologies. While there are aspects and indicators that are common to all process industries, sector specific tools are required to address the sector specific features in a fair and transparent way. At the moment, several tools, assessment methods and indicators exist, but they differ in their goal and scope and are intended for different kind of use within companies, by consumers or by authorities to support policy planning and evaluation. Additionally, different tools are focused for different levels of assessment: product, company, industry or society. Thus the problem is not so much the existence of proper tools but rather the lack of understanding and knowledge on how they should be applied and in which context. Furthermore, suitable tools for analysing resource and energy efficiency within the process industries and across the different sectors should be recognized. The aim of the SAMT project is to review and make recommendations about the most potential sustainability assessment methods for evaluating energy and resource efficiency in the process industry. The analysis will focus on the applicability of different methods in industrial settings, the ability of the methods to support decision-making towards sustainable solutions and the suitability of the tools for cross-sectoral analysis. SAMT will evaluate tools that cover either environmental, economic and social aspects, or a combination of these, and apply principles of life cycle thinking. The project will consider demands and make recommendations related to sectorial and cross-sectorial assessment in a wide spectrum of process industries: cement, metal, oil, water, waste and chemical industry. To maximize the impact of the project the work will be supported by active dissemination activities including an implementation strategy as an outcome.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2012.3.2.2 | Award Amount: 17.57M | Year: 2012

ITAKA project is expected to support the development of aviation biofuels in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner, improving the readiness of existing technology and infrastructures. This will be achieved through the first of its kind collaborative project in the EU, that will develop a full value-chain in Europe to produce sustainable drop-in Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids at large scale enough (4,000 t) to allow testing its use in existing logistic systems and in normal flight operations in the EU. ITAKA will link supply and demand by establishing a relationship under specific conditions between feedstock grower, biofuel producer, distributor and final user (airlines). Sustainability, competitiveness and technology assessments will be carried out, studying economic, social and regulatory implications of large-scale use. The generated knowledge will aim to identify and address barriers to innovation and commercial deployment. In order to achieve this in the most efficient way ITAKA will target camelina oil as the best possible sustainable feedstock that can be produced timely at enough quantity within Europe. Used cooking oil (UCO) will also be considered as an alternative feedstock. The bio fuel sustainability will be assessed against the RSB EU RED Standard. Beyond this technological and research objectives, ITAKA is also willing to contribute to the achievement of a further EU objective: the need to coordinate efforts and complementarities among European Initiatives on sustainable aviation fuels, as highlighted during the Flight Path definition and identified in SWAFEA recommendations: Setting up a knowledge and test capability network within the EU to provide an EU based fuel evaluation capability. ITAKA has been built aiming to engage key stakeholders and to make a first significant step in the establishment of such a European network.


Patent
Neste Oil | Date: 2014-09-04

The invention relates to a process for the manufacture of diesel range hydrocarbons wherein a feed is hydrotreated in a hydrotreating step and isomerised in an isomerisation step, and a feed comprising fresh feed containing more than 5 wt % of free fatty acids and at least one diluting agent is hydrotreated at a reaction temperature of 200-400 C., in a hydrotreating reactor in the presence of catalyst, and the ratio of the diluting agent/fresh feed is 5-30:1.

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