ENSEL biodiesel process, to be tested in India, should make cheaper biofuel

Biofuel production technology (or, at least, potential production technologies) is always changing. Just look through AutoblogGreen for stories about ethanol or biodiesel and you'll see what I mean. It's clear that the more efficiently we can make biofuels, the cheaper and better it'll be. Just two days ago we heard about VeraSun's new method to make biodiesel from an ethanol co-product, which is pretty cool. Also two days ago, New Century Lubricants and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) announced a partnership to process seed oils for biodiesel more efficiently. More precisely, they will use NCL's double-edged technology (which has the acronym ENSEL) for transesterification of seed oils and etherification of glycerin.

New Century president William Summers said that ENSEL will allow less expensive unrefined oils to be used and that the process will generate no waste water. And ENSEL allows biodiesel producers to mix either ethanol or methanol with the veggie oil to make biodiesel. This, along with the fact that ENSEL converts the glycerin byproduct into diesel fuel oxygenates, means that ENSEL biodiesel will be about 20 to 25 percent cheaper to make than biodiesel made using current production methods, Summers said. New Century will open an ENSEL plant in India soon to test various feedstocks.

[Source: New Century Lubricants]

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