Biodiesel Wastewater Treatment
Biodiesel is an alternative fuel for diesel engines that can be made from virtually any oil or fat feedstock. The process of Biodiesel production involves reacting vegetable oils or animal fats catalytically with a short-chain aliphatic alcohols (typically methanol or ethanol). The process requires the removal of dirt and any other non-oil material found in the influent. Water also must be removed so as to not cause the triglycerides to hydrolyze fats to form free fatty acids which can form soap instead of undergoing transesterification to give biodiesel.
Typical triglyceride sources include
- Rendered animal fats: beef tallow, lard
- Chicken fat
- Vegetable oils: soybean, canola, palm, etc.
- Recovered materials: brown grease, soapstock, etc.
Biodiesel production plants need to clean the water they remove from their feedstock and process before they can send it to the sewer. This is where Ecologix can help. Our unique and customizable treatment solutions offer biodiesel producers everything they need to meet their wastewater discharge requirements. We offer a full spectrum of treatment solutions to reduce both soluble and insoluble pollutants.