Back in February the University of Amsterdam, Solarix BV, and Yellow Diesel received €1m subsidy for developing new biofuels from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, as part of the EOS KTO short term energy research program. The funding forms part of a €1.5m R&D project for synthesizing and commercializing a new type of biodiesel.
A collaboration between the Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry group of Prof. dr. G. Rothenberg at the UvA, Yellow Diesel BV, is a spin-off company of the UvA Holding BV, with the expert on chemical process design Dr. A.C. Dimian (right), and Solarix, a leading Dutch biodiesel company established by engineering Drs J H Hoitsma and P van Zwol.
The Yellow Diesel process eliminates all the aqueous waste streams that stem from using the conventional homogeneous acid/base catalyst technology. Thanks to the new catalyst and integrated process design, the process saves up to 40% of the capital costs and 30% of the operating costs compared to conventional plant.
Yellow Diesel has produced the biodiesel in its continuous micro plant, and is now scaling up the process to pilot-scale.
This process can be adjusted to various types of feedstock, including low-quality oils, waste oils and fats.
The sample (left) shows quality specifications of the biodiesel made from industrial-grade rapeseed oil, as determined by the independent NofaLab.