produced in Europe every year alone, but the global consumption of the product is estimated to be around 500 000 tonnes).
1. Demonstrating a biodiesel production scheme that achieves a: - very high conversion rate of raw materials into energy in its different forms (biofuel, heat and electricity); - significant reduction of wastes; - dramatically improved CO2 and energy balances associated to the production of biodiesel; - more sustainable model for biodiesel production.
2. Validating the model in a prototype.
3. Assessing the environmental and economical benefits of this improved biodiesel production scheme compared with the traditional one.
4. Disseminating the project results within the industry and among the general public to clearly detach the notion of integrated, sustainable biodiesel production from that of the conventional production model – with the ultimate goal of encouraging consumers to use fuels produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.Specific objectives included: Biodiesel process integration : the project aimed to demonstrate the environmentally sustainable production of biodiesel through the integration of two systems, namely a facility to produce biogas and a reciprocating engine adapted to work with a mix of glycerine and biogas. This integration will enable a drastic reduction of the environmental impacts associated with the production of biodiesel.Validation of biogas production from feedstock wastes and low-grade glycerine : the project aimed to integrate an anaerobic digestion system in the biodiesel plant in order to extract the maximal energetic potential from the different raw materials – i.e, plant residues, waste oil and glycerine by-product.Validation of glycerine co-product combustion : the project aimed to demonstrate and validate the operation of a reciprocating engine that employs glycerine as fuel, and by extension, to promote the adoption of this technology by biodiesel producers as an economical, environmentally friendly means of disposing the glycerine by-product and producing energy onsite.
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Title: Demonstration Of A Multi-Feedstock Sustainable Biodiesel Production Scheme Integrating An On-Site By-Products Energy Valorisation System
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