Second Generation Biodiesel Production by Catalytic Hydrogen treatment of used cooking oil
Production of biodiesel from used cooking oil based on catalytic hydroprocessing of used cooking oil and conversion of fatty acids into paraffins and naphthenic.
The innovative technology of biodiesel production from used cooking oil, the work of a research team of the Institute of Chemical Process Engineering (ITCHI) of the National Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) won the second prize (July 2011, "Hellenic Cosmos", Athens) in the category "Innovation" in competition "Greece Innovation" co-organized by the Hellenic Federation of Enterpises and Eurobank.
This technology achieves the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil based on catalytic hydroprocessing of used cooking oil and conversion of fatty acids into paraffins and naphthenic. The overall process has a high degree of conversion exceeding 90%. The new biofuel is a light and clean diesel with remarkable properties. Compared with first-generation biodiesel the new technology is more economical and durable and can exploit the large quantities of available used cooking oil for the production of a stable economic biofuel standards, which does not require engine modification.
The technology has been developed to maximize diesel yields with the lowest possible operating cost. It has explored the optimal catalyst and optimal operating conditions to ensure maximum performance without compromising the quality of the produced biodiesel. Moreover, new technology incorporates hydrogen produced from solar energy to cover some of the needs in hydrogen. It is for this reason that CERTH installed a photovoltaic power station through a 10kW electrolyte which will convert solar energy into hydrogen.
This technology is of great business interest and also provides significant environmental benefits. Interests have already been expressed from the USA and China.
Maximizes diesel yields with the lowest possible operating cost.
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