First plant to turn household waste into jet fuel

Project developer, owner and operator Fulcrum BioEnergy, headquartered in Pleasanton, California, USA, is currently constructing an industrial plant near Reno, Nevada, USA, that will produce renewable transportation fuel from household garbage.

The innovative approach is to use household waste as feedstock for kerosene fuel production.

At Fulcrum’s Sierra BioFuels Plant, municipal solid waste (MSW) is gasified, creating a synthesis gas which is processed and converted into a liquid produced by Fischer-Tropsch process to be further refined into synthetic jet fuel.

This plant is the first of its kind – worldwide - to convert garbage into jet fuel at a large scale.

SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK | ARVOS in Kassel and Düsseldorf is responsible for the detailed engineering, the manufacturing and supply of the burner system, the syngas cooler system, including all internals, for a portion of the gasification system, as well as  several downstream pieces of equipment for steam superheating, slag and ash handling and ash cooling systems. The supervision of the installation also falls into SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK | ARVOS' responsibilities.


When the Sierra BioFuels Plant is producing fuel in 2020, people living in the Reno region will no longer just produce simple household waste, but will also become a valuable feedstock supplier for the production of low-carbon, transportation fuels.