Solfuels USA owns a biodiesel plant located in Arkansas, United States. Strategically located near Memphis, a major biofuel refining and distribution centre, the plant caters to the increasing demand for renewable energy in the United States.
The biodiesel plant sits on a wide area of 38.2 acres of land and is conveniently situated beside the Mississippi River just off Highway 49, facilitating logistics and transportation networks as it is accessible by water, road and rail.
To maximize profitability, the plant is in the process of retrofitting to accommodate high FFA multi-feedstock including yellow grease, rendered animal fats, inedible corn oil and refined vegetable oil. This will lend to long-term competitive costings as the Group can select and choose from the most cost competitive feedstock for production.
The 40 million gallons per annum capacity plant has been producing and selling high quality (ASTM D-6751) B100 since Sep 2017, and is BQ9000 Producer & Lab certified since Mar 2019.
Solfuels USA is currently the only certified BQ-9000 Biodiesel Producer that is also accredited as a BQ-9000 Laboratory within the United States Biodiesel Industry. We operate a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory that is capable of all BQ-9000 and ASTM D 6751 standard Specification for biodiesel Fuel Blend Stock (B100) for Middle Distillate Fuel testing, with exception of distillation and cetane testing. We also conduct analyses for assessing biodiesel feedstock quality.
All our programs and processes are documented and defined through our Integrated Management System that defines all processes within the lab, and include operational, management and Safety, Health & Environment. This ensures consistency throughout our operation. Our highly trained and experienced lab staff and state-of-the-art lab ensure that the analyses are performed with the highest level of quality and accuracy.
We believe these characteristics should influence everything we do in business and in life. We sincerely enjoy the work we do, and our clients get to reap the benefits.
CEO & Executive Director
Mr Joel Lou is the official corporate representative of ‘Solfuels Limited’. He is the CEO and Responsible Officer (RO) of Solfuels USA leading the company in development and growth. Joel started his career as a commodity broker and later went on to become the CEO of JustCommodity Software Solutions, the leading commodities trading and risk management software solutions provider in the agricultural commodity space in Asia. Under his leadership, JustCommodity has won numerous awards including Singapore Enterprise 50, Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and the Red Herring Global 100 Award. He is the co-founder and Operating Partner of Blue Cloud Ventures (BCV), a software-focused growth equity venture capital firm. He is currently a board member of Charleston Holdings, an Agri Commodities investments company headquartered in Singapore.
Joel was conferred the “Most Promising Entrepreneur of the Year” by APEA in 2011 and the “Young Professional of the Year” in the IT leader awards in 2012. Joel is active in the Singapore tech community and also contributes as an adjunct lecturer for the International Trading Institute at the Singapore Management University. Joel earned his Masters of Business Administration from Imperial College, London, U.K.
Mr Esmond Han took office as COO of Solfuels USA on 1 Jan 2019 and is currently based off the corporate HQ in Memphis, TN. Mr Han joined Agritrade Resources Limited in 2017 as a Business Unit Head and gained an aptitude and interest in the Biodiesel business, before relocating to helm the Operational, Technical, Logistics and day-to-day management of Solfuels USA.
Esmond was formerly a Republic of Singapore Navy scholarship recipient and attended University College London Economics for his undergraduate studies. Upon graduation, he tracked a combat & operational role in the Navy for 7 years before he decided to take on the corporate world. He went on to challenge himself in startups, namely Marcella (Country General Manager) and NinjaVan (Director, Fleet Singapore) - both of which he was part of the core Management Team, and the latter is currently the leading logistics service provider in Singapore. Esmond embraces new industries, technologies and challenges and is poised to take Solfuels USA to the next level.
Mr Evan Winter is a commodity and trade finance professional. As the Treasury Consultant of Solfuels USA Inc., Evan oversees US banking relationships and reporting for the company. Given his wealth of knowledge and
experience, he regularly advises the group in finance related activities and exercises.
In 2014, Evan served as Chief Operating Officer for Hemera Group (founded by the former Vice Chairman of Cargill, India). Prior to entering commodity operations, Evan worked for a large European forfaiting house where he comanaged a portfolio of LatAm originated trade finance investments. Evan is a CFA charter-holder and graduate of Colgate University.