Domestic energy independence, environmental concerns and governmental regulations are increasing the demand for Advanced Biofuels but the current production processes are not cost competitive. The NextCAT solution allows biodiesel producers the ability to restart an existing biodiesel facility that has been idled due to both high cost feedstocks and inefficient production processes. Feedstock costs are approximately 80% of production costs. NextCAT's catalyst technology simultaneously allows the use of lower cost feedstocks and greatly simplifies the biodiesel production cost.
THE NextCAT SOLUTION
NextCAT has uncovered a new class of patent pending heterogeneous biodiesel catalyst that have the ability to convert less refined and less costly oil feedstocks to biodiesel while, at the same time, simplify the biodiesel production process. With regard to feedstocks, benchmark and pilot reactor research indicates that our new generation of catalysts can convert oil feedstocks with FFA as high as 30% and water up to 5% with a >98% FAME yield.
In addition, these same catalysts have shown the capability to simultaneously process both FFA, and mono, di and triglycerides, which allows biodiesel producers to use less refined and less costly feedstocks such as residual corn oil, waste vegetable oil and brown grease. This greatly simplifies the FAME/glycerin separation and drying processes, and eliminates much of the current disposal costs associated with soap extraction and hazardous byproducts.
With the support of National Science Foundation through Small Business Innovation Research awards, NextCAT has built a fixed bed, single stage reactor pilot demonstration and is in the process of demonstrating the catalyst performance at a larger scale.
NextCAT can retrofit existing facilities to streamline the production process and further reduce processing costs.
Total savings on both feedstock and processing will bring an idle biodiesel production facility back online and back on the road to profitability.
For more information on the NextCATsolution please see: Published technical report