UOP, part of the mighty Honeywell empire is close to commercialising a range of technologies to make biodiesel and celluosic biofuels. UOP has been looking at using biofeedstocks in conventional refineries, to speed the way of biofuels to market. It has successfully processed feeds containing 100% biofeedstock and will be trialling the process in a commercial refinery in Asia in the first part of 2007. It plans to license it in the first quarter of 2007
The firm says its biodiesel route uses hydrogen, rather than methanol to produce biodiesel from waste oils, so its not really for home brewers. UOP has also developed a catalyst to convert the glycerol produced as a by-product of biodiesel production into propylene glycol, which is a useful chemical.
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