TechConnect Innovation Program

Direct way of producing biodiesel from low-cost and low-quality feedstock

Univalor, QC, Canada

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

We are proposing a technique for producing biodiesel in gas phase from low-cost waste vegetable oil or animal fat. Making the vaporized reagents react with a solid catalyst in a fluidized bed allows a high production rate. This forms high purity biodiesel that doesn’t need to be purified afterwards.

Primary Application Area: Energy & Efficiency

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Thanks to the small capital and low-cost non-edible feedstock required, the proposed biodiesel production method stands out as an alternative in places where the volumes of feedstock are limited or too inhomogeneous to justify implementing expensive technologies. High profitability is expected thanks to a simplified process eliminating cumbersome purification steps.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 26T

Website: www.univalor.ca

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Discovery Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC): 40,000 $CAN/year for 5 years (2011-2016)

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners