Schroeder Biofuels to launch trial Eco2Pure system

By Anna Austin | February 10, 2009
Web exclusive posted Feb. 16, 2009, at 3:39 p.m. CST

Biodiesel purification specialist Schroeder Biofuels announced that in March it will launch a trial program of its Eco2Pure system.

According to Schroeder Biofuels, the Eco2Pure system works by passing unwashed biodiesel through a fixed bed of purification media, ensuring the fuel is purified in a single pass and production residues, fuels contaminants, and soaps are removed.

The trial program is being released due to the high interest in the company's product at the recent National Biodiesel Conference and Expo 2009 in San Francisco in early February.

Beginning Feb. 23, producers can sign up for a trial unit that purifies 1.5 gallons-per-minute. Interested participants can test a complete unit for a few weeks. "If you have a current purification system in place, it will be easy to see how the Eco2Pure works," said Jonathan Dugan, Schroeder Biofuels product specialist. "It will be very easy for you to tap into the current flow of your system. This will provide the opportunity to take a look at the system, easily and quickly, without much work."

All necessary equipment will be provided to allow borrowers an opportunity to observe the system's ability to provide fuel, which meets quality standards. Dugan said four units will be available for testing, on a first-come first-serve basis.

The Eco2Pure Dry Wash Purification Media, which is a unique, cellulose-based, natural and sustainable composition of absorbent technologies, is manufactured from a side-stream of another production process, according to Dugan. "We don't single-source or cut down trees for the base, which is wood cellulose," he said. Each kilogram of the media can purify between 110 and 180 gallons of crude biodiesel.

"The spent media, after it has had all of this fuel drained through it, has a solid fuel value of 19 million British thermal units per kilogram, meaning you are right around the same fuel value as an entire cord of hardwood," Dugan said. "It has a great value for solid waste burners, as well as anaerobic digestion and compost applications."

Dugan said Schroeder Biofuels will host a Web cast in the next few months to introduce a light, industrial version of Eco 2Pure skids targeted for those who are producing 500,000 gallons to 1 MMgy biodiesel. The company will also discuss the launch of a cold-soak solution, which Dugan said benefits the end user because it introduces minimal to no yield loss in the final product.
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