The Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI) has developed a biodiesel that can be used either in blend or neat form in mobile and stationary diesel engines in place of fossil diesel without any engine modification. It can replace fossil diesel and it is alternative source of renewable energy
Zero effluent discharge as all by-products, including the catalyst, are recovered in saleable form or recycled in integrated process. Using this technology, a world class biodiesel can be produced with which it is possible to mitigate the environmental pollution by having low pollutants in the exhaust and carbon dioxide generated will be utilized by the vegetation for its growth.
Some technical features include;
- Jatropha methyl ester (biodiesel) produced complies with the stringent EN14214 specifications.
- The biodiesel in neat form has been used successfully in mobile and stationary diesel engines without any engine modification and down to a temperature of +2oC.
- Mileage obtained with the neat biodiesel is comparable in most cases with that obtained with fossil diesel.
- Euro III emission norms have been met in studies.
- The process can handle variations in Jatropha oil quality without compromising on biodiesel quality.
- The unit operations are simple to operate and maintain.
- All the operations in the core process are at ambient temperature making it an energy efficient process.
- The process is integrated all the way from whole seed to recovery of by-products.
- Zero effluent discharge through integration.
- The process is applicable to other vegetable oils besides Jatropha.
In view of cleaner environment, in particular in terms of climate changes, huge opportunity exists for shift in bio-based fuels market.
For details, contact: Dr. V. P. Mohandas, Scientist & Head, SMC Discipline, CSMCRI, Bhavnagar. Ph: 0278–2567039