Research & Development
Research and Development is elementary for BDI in order to continue to set standards in the field of sustainable energy production using the company’s own technologies and to maintain its leading role in this field. Every year, BDI invests a considerable share of its turnover in future-orientated R&D relating to the utilisation of new raw materials from the waste sector and other industries to produce renewable energy and other recoverables. An important basic requirement for the risk-free implementation of research results is their validation in the company’s large-scale laboratory. For many years, we have also been relying on a highly successful cooperation with external institutes and universities even during the preliminary stages and have always been able to rely on their analytical and experimental support.
As a technological leader that is recognised worldwide, BDI has for many years demonstrated its pioneering role within the field of multi-feedstock BioDiesel plants using its own, patented processes. As far as BioFuels research is concerned, BDI concentrates on the processing of new by- and waste products from industry and on fulfilling the increasingly stringent quality requirements for BioDiesel.
However, we also continuously work on optimising existing processes, as improving the profitability of production will greatly contribute towards strengthening the market position of our customers.
The potential of microalgae as a renewable source of energy for the production of high-end products for the pharmaceutical and food industry, but also for BioDiesel, has caused BDI to develop a completely new process for breeding microalgae. The process is independent of climatic conditions and environmental factors and can thus be applied 365 days a year with a constantly high output. BDI has built up the required competence over years of intensive research and well-founded experience in process technology and plant construction. The development of special photo-bioreactors and algae processing methods are important elements.
The innovative process for the production of biogenic fuels – the bioCrack technology, now patent-pending – will enable refineries to achieve a bio-share in their fuel of up to 20% as a direct part of the refining process, as a direct result of the joint processing of refinery by-products and solid biomass (e.g. straw, waste wood).
An important step on the way to industrial implementation was taken in July 2012 with the opening of the bioCrack pilot plant in the OMV refinery in Schwechat.