REG Methyl Esters — More Than Fuel

Biodiesel and methyl esters are two names for the same thing, but their uses can go well beyond fuel. Renewable Energy Group began producing methyl esters as solvents in 1996 at our first biorefinery in Ralston, Iowa, even before we produced the first gallon of biodiesel. Today, REG is one of the leading methyl ester producers in the United States, with our methyl esters going into products such as adjuvants, surfactants and solvents. REG offers the most advanced mix of methyl ester options in the industry with soy methyl esters and distilled or undistilled mixed methyl esters. Our methyl esters are also available across the country at plants from Texas to Washington and everywhere in between.    

Features and Benefits

FeatureBenefit
Highly biodegradable, high flash pointSafe to handle and store, low toxicity compared to other common substances. 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not list methyl ester as an ozone-depleting chemical (ODC), hazardous air pollutant or volatile organic compound (VOC).Use without the onus of regulations.
Excellent, natural solventPowerful solvent with Kauri-butanol (KB) value of 58 that can replace or be mixed with petrochemical-based solvents.
Natural adjuvant and surfactantCan increase crop yields while lowering input costs by improving contact of spray droplets on plant surfaces and more effectively penetrating waxy surfaces.
Low evaporation rateMaintains contact longer with the target material.
Nationwide availability REG is the largest producer of methyl esters by volume in the U.S. with a distribution system that can deliver product anywhere in the country.

Nature's Adjuvant, Surfactant and Solvent

Methyl esters are all-natural alternatives to petrochemical- and synthetic-based adjuvants, solvents and surfactants. Lower toxicity compared to other common substances and a high flash point make methyl esters safe to handle and store. The FDA does not list methyl ester as an ozone-depleting chemical (ODC), hazardous air pollutant or volatile organic compound (VOC). 

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