Renewable Fuels

Renewable fuels

Ethanol and biodiesel represent the big part of renewable fuels in global energy demand for road transport. Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) has been identified as one solution to reduce Green House Gas emissions for air transportation. Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is a production process for these environment-friendly bio jet fuels and biodiesel. These biofuels can be used in engines without the blend walls or modifications.

Biogas upgrading process deliver high quality bio methane and is the renewable natural gas option for energy companies. 

Howden work with fuel suppliers, ports, shipping companies and airlines to help them answer the growing demand for alternative and renewable fuels. Howden compressors, blowers, fans and steam turbines have key roles in renewable fuels production processes.


Renewable Fuels Applications

Howden products serve the critical production processes that contribute to building integrated decarbonisation and sustainable value chains areas resulting in renewable fuels, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and syngas productions.

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO)

Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), Renewable Diesel and Bio Fuels process
Renewable fuels, from bio feedstock such as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), are being developed in new plants or in new refinery units. Fuel is produced from feedstock such as waste oil, fats, municipal waste.  Howden equipment is supporting critical processes within Bioplants and HVO units producing Renewable Diesel and SAF from bio and waste sourced products. The processing of renewable feedstock involves high-pressure hydrogen compressors to feed continuously reactors of large volumes of gas. Howden’s blowers can provide variable air volumes to SRU and water treatment process. Our screw compressor technology feeds PSA with gas and recover the tail gas.

Whitepaper: HVO white paper


Hydrogen and Acid gas compression

Products: Reciprocating compressor


Adjusted volume of air supply for Bio Reactor

Products: Turbo Blowers


Feed gas, Tail Gas Compressors

Products: Screw compressors

Water and Carbon Capture

Zero Liquid Discharge MVR, CO2 recovery

More about: ZLD, CCUS

Products: Fans, Screw Compressors, Turbo Fans and Blowers


In bioethanol our fans and compressors operate in fermentation process.


Fermentation process, Waste

Products: Fans, Blowers

Biogas and Biomethane

In biomethane production, our energy efficient compressors, fans and blowers ensure biogas upgrader feed, Carbon Capture handling, Energy recovery and biomethane compression.

Brochure: Energy Recovery

Anaerobic digesters

Biogas production in anaerobic digesters. Compressor and blower for gas collection from digester

Products: Screw compressors, Single Stage Blowers

Anaerobic digesters

Exhaust air

Products: Fans

Gas treatment plant

If biomethane is being fed to grid there may be a requirement for a biomethane compressor

Products: Screw compressors, Reciprocating compressors

Biogas treatment PSA

The biogas is first compressed, then cooled and desulphurised. A large plant may have 2 stages of biogas compression (up to 3 units – up to 11 bar).

Products: Screw Compressors

More information can be found on Energy Recovery

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