MBT PRODUCTSTo make biodiesel, the baseoil is put through a processcalled “esterification.”This refining methoduses alcohol (ethanol ormethanol) and a catalystto convert the oil into afatty-acid methyl-ester fuel(biodiesel). MBT makesthis process very easy andwith mobile ability, allowingyou to make biodieselanywhere…even off grid. 3
BIODIESEL: WHAT IS IT?Biodiesel is a cleanburning, renewable fuelmade from vegetable oil,rendered animal fats orrecycled fryer grease.Biodiesel can be usedalone, or blended withpetro diesel.
BIODIESEL: BRIEF HISTORYAlthough thetransesterificationof vegetable oil wasconducted as early as1853, it was at the ParisExhibition of 1900 thatRudolph Diesel unveiledhis new engine – which ranentirely on vegetable oil.
BIODIESEL: HOW IT’S USEDBiodiesel can be usedin pure form (B100) ormay be blended withpetroleum diesel at anyconcentration. Biodieselwill run in any dieselengine with no necessarymodifications.**running diesel in very cold weather mayrequire an anti-gelling additive.
BIODIESEL FEEDSTOCKS Feedstock is the raw oil used in the refining of biodiesel. Feedstock can be derived from new vegetable oil, recycled grease and rendered animal fats or by combining the above in any amounts.
FEEDSTOCK: EXAMPLESA variety of oils can beused to produce biodiesel.These include Virgin oilssuch as Jatropha, Canolaand Soy Bean; Wastevegetable oil (WVO);Rendered animal fats suchas tallow, lard and fish oil,as well as algae. All thesecan be processed with aMobile Refinery™ fromMBT.
BIODIESEL VS. PETROLEUM DIESELBiodiesel is renewableand sustainable. Regularpetroleum diesel isfinite. Biodiesel helpsstabilize the economy.Petroleum does not.Biodiesel reducesgreenhouse gas emissionsby 50%. Petroleumraises greenhouse gasemissions. Producingyour own biofuel keepsyour money local,reducing dependence onforeign oil.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITSBiodiesel is farless harmful to ourenvironment. Biodieselburns much cleanerthan petroleum diesel.Emissions frombiodiesel have 56% lesshydrocarbons, 43% lesscarbon monoxide, and thenastiest of all, particulatematter, is 55% less.Biodiesel biodegradesfaster than sugar.Biodiesel is a non-toxic,inert liquid. Ordinary tablesalt is 10 times more toxicthan biodiesel!
ECONOMIC BENEFITSA strong demand forbiodiesel resourcesenables agriculture ingeneral to increase andthe farmers in particularto have another marketto sell to. In this waythe industry is morestabilized. Growingand refining biodieseldomestically createsjobs, stimulates economicgrowth and facilitatesenergy independencewithin communities – evennations.
E-PACT BENEFITSEffective November 1998,Congress approved the useof biodiesel as an EnergyPolicy Act (EPAct) compliancestrategy. The legislation allowsEPAct-covered fleets (federal,state and public utility fleets)to meet their alternative fuelvehicle purchase requirementssimply by buying 450 gallonsof pure biodiesel and burningit in new or existing dieselvehicles in at least a 20% blendwith diesel fuel.
FUTURE OF BIODIESELThe future of biodiesellies in the world’s abilityto produce renewablefeedstocks to keep the costof biodiesel competitivewith petroleum, withoutinterfering with food cropproduction or destroyingnatural ecosystems in theprocess.
PRODUCTION CHALLENGESUntil recently, therewere not many optionsavailable for producingyour own biodiesel. Youeither built a large scalerefinery or utilized a smallscale “home biodieselkit”. These have theirplace in the market, yetthey present a variety ofchallenges…
LARGE BIODIESEL PLANTSIf one were to build a 10million gallon per yearplant the cost would beabout $10 million. Thisdoes not include the landrequirements, the powerplant and or electricbills. The supply chaininfrastructure would alsoneed to be developed. Thiswould have to include oiltransport vehicles (tankertrucks), feedstock storagefacilities and of coursethe roadways required tosupport their passage…you get the picture.
SMALL SCALE PROCESSORSThese are great if youneed to fuel a vehicle ortwo. However, they are notpractical for anyone witha fleet, a farm or anyonewho grows their own fuelcrops. These smallerunits do not provide thenecessary productioncapacity, are stationaryand are not typically builtfor industrial applications.Often they are a firehazard and do not meetbuilding codes.
A UNIQUE SOLUTIONWhat about the needs ofthe mid-scale biodieselproducer? The Jatrophafarmer, the oil collectioncompany or even the largescale refinery R&D team?MBT has the solution forthese challenges…andothers.
MOBILE BIODIESEL REFINERIESMobile BiodieselRefineries™ wereengineered for a varietyof applications. Designedto be user friendly andfield ready these mobilerefineries can be locatedanywhere. They arrive onsite complete and readyto produce premiumbiodiesel. They can bemoved from location tolocation, job site to jobsite or even follow cropharvests.
FEATURES• Industrial grade construction• Stainless steel tanks and pipes• On board methanol recovery• Chemical dry wash is standard• Semi-automated control panel• Automated fire suppression• Explosion proof air pumps• Fully self-contained• Lighting, finished walls & floor• Can be powered by a generator• Optional workstation and sink
BENEFITS• Can produce fuel for as low as 80 cents per gallon.• Can provide up to 1000 gallons per day from a single unit• Easy to learn. Anyone can be trained in five days.• Easy to operate. A five day “work” week consists of about 20 hours of actual “work”.• Arrive turn-key, ready to produce fuel.
ENDLESS POSSIBILITIESMobile BiodieselRefineries™ can be sizedup or down, quickly andeasily. They can evenbe grouped together to MBT-716I (X4)create a modular, scalable“micro-refinery”.For example, four MBT-716i* units togetherproduce 4,000 gallonsof fuel per day – 80,000gallons per month.Anywhere. Even off grid.Imagine the possibilities.* The MBT-716i is our international modelwhich is designed to produce up to 1000 gal-lons per day .