Quality requirements for BioDiesel are becoming more stringent all the time – due to more demanding legal specifications on the one hand and increasingly sophisticated customers on the market on the other. This constitutes a great challenge for BioDiesel plant operators. Rising prices for highly refined plant oils and the deteriorating quality of cost-efficient residual and waste products mean that highly flexible technologies are now required to process a broad, wide-ranging mix of raw materials. Of course, we are also seeing a stronger political willingness to make the energy supply sector more independent, to process waste and residual products into clean energy and to become more “green” in a sustainable manner.
At the moment, the entire BioDiesel production sector must conform to international quality standards such as EN14214 and ASTM D6751. In addition, plant operators should also start preparing for even more stringent parameters in future. For plants using obsolete technology, having to live up to high quality criteria may have a negative effect on yield, plant capacity or raw material flexibility.
Your plant should be able to process 100% of your raw materials into high-grade BioDiesel, without using precious triglycerides and free fatty acids during the process.
If you wish to fully utilise the potential of your investment, your plant should definitely achieve the nominal capacity that you paid for.
Flexibility in terms of raw materials
Technologically obsolete plants require highly refined, expensive plant oils for their operation.
State-of-the-art plants, on the other hand, are able to operate at least partially or even exclusively with lower-cost raw materials such as used cooking oils, trap grease or low-grade animal fats
With a state-of-the-art plant, you will be able to generate additional yields – for instance with high-grade glycerine – while obsolete plants produce waste products such as filter material, soap stock and free fatty acids
Your plant should run using a stable, robust process all year round.
Unwanted downtime will cause unforeseeable losses.
Obsolete plants require pricy sodium methanolate as a catalyst – new plants run on much cheaper operating materials.
Health and safety standards for plants are becoming more and more stringent all the time.
Only state-of-the-art facilities live up to existing and future safety standards and guidelines.