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Trucks that run on rapeseed oil and jets that fly on algae extracts is the new reality being made possible by biofuels. You can convert organic mass such as plants, algae and animal waste into energy resources to diversify the power mix across s range of industries. And unlike fossil fuels, the materials from which biofuels are derived are replenished more quickly and are carbon neutral.

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Wood chip gas syngas generator

The recovery of energy from biomass isn’t all advantages, it has its shortcomings as well. Bi...

Refining plant for vegetable oil and animal fats

The main problems arising from refining process of vegetable oil and anim...

Oilseeds preparation plant

When producing customized flakes, pressed cakes, or other oilseed products, the oilseed preparati...

Sunflower oil extraction plant

Extracting sunflower oil using an organic solvent, usually hexane, has a big environmental im...

Production plant for biodiesel

As a biofuel producer, making biodiesel from several types of treated vegetable oils or anima...

Glycerine manufacturing plant

Glycerol or glycerin is the major by-product generated in the biodiesel production process. Bu...

Water oil separation centrifuge

Some industries, such as petrochemical, generate large volumes of oily wastewater due to the...

Efficient sized biomethane production system

Also referred to as biogas purification, biogas upgrading is an excellent alt...

Large-scale biomethane production system

Membrane separation technology for biogas purification is considered as an effecti...

Modular biogas to biomethane system

The primary purpose of biogas upgrading technology is to increase the volumetric energy...

Small-scale biogas upgrading system

Biogas upgrading refers to the process of purifying biogas through separating methane f...

Biological H2S scrubber

Raw biogas produced by digestion, for example during an anaerobic process is approximately 60% methan...

H2S scrubber for biogas

Raw biogas produced by digestion, for example during an anaerobic process is approximately 60% methan...

Complete bioreactor system

An autoclavable bioreactor establishes special conditions for a variety of applications, for exam...

24 fully controlled bioreactors in a microtiter format

When undertaking a screening study, process development or optimis...

Mini bioreactors

When a screening study takes place, optimizing media process and working with microbial and cell cultures is ...

Anaerobic Fermentation Monitor

For accurate comparisons of carbon conversion rates and yields for six simultaneous anaerobic...

Online sampling system for larger scale bioprocesses

Accurate sampling is vital for improving a wide variety of industria...

Autoclavable stainless steel bioreactor

For cell culture and microbial culture applications.

Steam-in-place bioreactor systems

Scaling-up from a laboratory scale to pilot plant and small scale production can be simpl...

Pneumatic conveying for industrial biomass boilers

Modern boiler plants have a wide variety of conveying needs.  While tr...

Solid biomass boiler feeding systems

Energy conversion from biomass requires efficient boiler operation which is largely in...

Single use bioreactor Hyclone

A single-use bioreactor is a bioreactor with a disposable vessel for culture of cells, instead...

Conveyors for recovery boilers

Recovery boilers recapture energy otherwise wasted in organic byproducts of industrial proces...

Solid biomass screening and crushing equipment

Biomass fuels come in many forms and often include impurities that can dama...

Solid biomass receiving systems

Biomass fuels come in many forms and are often handled in very large quantities.  Shipment m...

Single-use bioreactor Appliflex

A single-use bioreactor is a bioreactor with a disposable bag instead of a culture vessel, c...

Solid biomass storage and reclaiming equipment

Biomass fuels must often be stored for additional preprocessing or prior to...

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Liquid biofuels are a perfect match for available technologies

Although biofuels can be produced in different states, liquids are the primary type because of their “drop-in” capability, especially in the transportation sector. These energy carriers conform to specifications required by hydrocarbon fuels making them ready to use in existing infrastructure and technologies.

The most common biomass-based liquid fuels are ethanol and biodiesel. The former is broadly used in the United States and Brazil while the latter found a niche in Europe.

From stalks to car fuel - how gasohol is made

Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) is produced from the fermentation and distillation of starch- or sugar-based feedstocks such as corn grain and sugar cane. In other cases, cellulosic material like wood chips and crop residues is also used. Biomass is stored in specialized receiving systems before it is pumped to a crusher and treated with enzymes.

The resulting clear liquid is blended with gasoline to fuel engines in vehicles. Almost all gasoline distributed in the US contains a minimum 10% ethanol, but the ethanol to petroleum ratio can rise to as much as 85:15.

Convert organic oils to biodiesel in a reactor

Biodiesel is made by combining alcohol with oils derived mainly from plants such as soybeans and oil palm. You may also use animal fat or recycled kitchen grease instead of oily vegetables. The waste is passed through a sanitizer to remove any impurities before you can mix it with alcohol and a catalyst in a reactor. After allowing it to settle, your crude biodiesel is ready to be pumped to a distillation chamber.

The final fuel is used in compression-ignition engines, traditionally powered by diesel. Pure biodiesel is commercially available, but it is more commonly found in composites blending 80% petroleum diesel with 20% biodiesel.

Crush the biomass to get to the fuel

The manufacturing process of biofuels depends largely on the biomass you are working with and the type of biofuel you want to produce. The general principle, however, is the same in all cases. You need to first break down the structure of the organic material in order to expose its sugar polymers. This is enabled mechanically by crushing technology and chemically by enzymes and slurrification.

Biochemical and thermochemical treatments in the reactor tank convert the mass to liquids. Distillation and scrubbing solutions finally upgraded the unrefined product into a the finished fuel. Your biofuel is now ready for application either as a standalone product or a stabilized intermediary to clarify other chemicals.

Making waves in biofuels with algae

Algae form a special category of biomass for biofuel, frequently labeled as a “third-generation” feedstock. Natural oils extracted from algae can be refined into diesel and other gasoline components relatively easily.

Genetic modification of algae has also successfully produced a broad range of fuels including butanol, methane, and jet fuel.

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