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Solid Catalyst Technology for Making Biodiesel

New Century Lubricants in collaboration with National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in India, has been working on commercialization of NCL's breakthrough double-edged technology (ENSEL) for transesterification of seed oils and etherification of glycerin.

Another major benefit of the ENSEL technology is that it provides a profitable solution to the glycerin dilemma now faced by the biodiesel industry. The glycerin recovered from the transesterification reaction is etherified with methanol, ethanol or butanol using another proprietary heterogeneous catalyst. The end products, primarily di- and tri-ethers of glycerin, are valuable oxygenates for diesel fuels.

ENSEL will try to reduce the total cost of making biodiesel by 20-25% over current practices. This competitive edge will be especially welcome if the bioenergy industry experiences any turbulence due to rising feedstock prices, increased utility rates, or unexpected swings in supply and demand.

For more information, contact:

Dr. PK Ingle
National Chemical Laboratory ,
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road ,
Pune 411 008 India
Phone : +91-20-2590 2034
Fax : +91-20-2590 2680

Sector: Renewable Energy Technologies
Country: India
Area of Application: Renewable Energy, Biofuels
Keywords: Biodiesel, Solid Catalyst
1. The end products, primarily di- and tri-ethers of glycerin, are valuable oxygenates for diesel fuels

2. The process can make biodiesel with either methanol or ethanol. ENSEL can also manufacture premium bio-lubricants by running the reaction with higher alcohols such as octanol,"
Environmental aspects: Energy efficiency
Development Status: Commercial Prototype
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Asian and Pacific Center for Transfer of Technology (APCTT)
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City: New Delhi
Country: India
Zip/Pin Code: 110016

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