Incbio intro's its multifeedstock process with solid catalyst

By Ron Kotrba | October 01, 2012

Portugal-based biodiesel technology provider Incbio is marketing its latest development to the global biodiesel industry: a multifeedstock platform based on heterogeneous, solid catalysis.

The company says the technology has been commercially proven already in biodiesel plants with production capacity up to 30 MMgy and feedstock up to 90 percent free fatty acids.

According to Incbio, the catalyst lasts one to three years without replacement, provided appropriate feedstock pretreatment is performed to remove reactive contaminants, polymers and phospholipids that can typically foul the conversion beds.

Incbio contends that the advantages of its multifeedstock system include the ability to use lower-grade feedstock such as used cooking oil, animal fats, distilled free fatty acids, palm fatty acid distillate and trap grease; “instantaneous” reaction and consistent quality from ultrasonic reactors; continuous production; skid-mounted modular design; variable flow rates from 500 kilograms an hour to commercial-scale flow rates; an energy-efficient design; methanol recovery; low capital and operating expenses; and the possibility of integrating (with automation) the process technology with existing commercial facilities.

As quality specifications continue to evolve, Incbio also says it can “future proof” plants with distillation and glycerin purification modules. 


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