The bio diesel industry is in disarray mainly due to the high cost of
conventional feedstock and the low transaction price of bio diesel.
Current Biodiesel production suffers from use of a traditional base
catalysis method that has limited scope of feedstock source due to
- limited water tolerance
- limited conversion efficiency
- additional pre- & post-processing steps
Innovation has been around an attempt to finding new catalysts. However,
many of these are expensive and still suffer from the same issues of
limited water tolerance in the feedstock.
The practical solution to this problem is to identify and convert abundant,
low cost waste feed stock to bio diesel. The noble One-step technology
we are working on can convert low cost feed stock such as animal tallow,
vegetable oil gum and corn germ etc. to high quality bio diesel.
The production units based on technology is cost effective and can also
be retrofitted to ethanol or biodiesel production facilities not currently in use.
The process converts all types of fatty acid conjugates namely, triglycerides,
phospholipids, glycolipids as well as free fatty acids, into biodiesel.
The technical solution demonstrates excellent conversion of various feedstock's
that were previously unusable such as crude vegetable oils, crude animal fat,
and brown grease. The system’s technical specifications enable integration of
this technology into current biodiesel manufacturing plants with minimal
modifications to the reaction vessels. The technology has been shown to
make biodiesel that meet and exceed current ASTM and EIN standards from a
wide variety of feedstock.
In collaboration between XL One-step
USA & MIT,
India a pilot unit was made to validate the technology as well as to develop
commercial specifications for a 2.5 million gallon manufacturing plant.
The Pilot Unit has a 25 L capacity.
The technology is available for license.