US-based renewable fuels producer KiOR has commenced shipments of cellulosic diesel from its commercial-scale facility in Columbus, Mississippi.

The facility employs pine wood chips for the production of gasoline and diesel.

Fuels produced at the facility are the country’s first commercially produced renewable hydrocarbon fuels derived solely from non-food feedstock.

KiOR president and chief executive officer Fred Cannon said that the commencement of shipments from the facility is a major milestone for the company as well as for the biofuels and the entire renewable fuels industries.

This facility demonstrates the efficacy of KiOR’s proprietary catalytic biomass-to-fuel process with the potential to deliver cellulosic gasoline and diesel to the US.

"We are proud to be making history in Mississippi. The technology is simply scalable and we believe sufficient excess feedstock exists in the Southeast alone to build almost fifty KiOR commercial scale facilities," added Cannon.

KiOR fuels are identical to petroleum based fuels made from conventional methods and will drop in to the existing fuels infrastructure; the fuels can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to fossil-based fuels.