Technologies

There exists a real opportunity for companies to convert their biological waste or by-products into biofuel, thereby addressing a waste disposal problem whilst simultaneously producing a source of renewable energy. As a result, companies can gain a competitive edge by generating new revenue streams, reducing costs, meeting environmental goals and cost-effectively complying with legislation. We can work with you to identify the best technology for your company. Get an overview of the key technologies involved in biofuel production.

Fermentation

Fermentation is the process by which microorganisms such as yeast and bacteria convert organic molecules into other products. For biofuels the typical useful fermentation products are ethanol and butanol, both of which can be used as liquid transport fuels.

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Algae

Algae are simple aquatic plants that range from single-celled microalgae to large seaweeds (macroalgae). There are opportunities to cultivate algal biomass for biofuel production: by extraction of oils directly from microalgae; and by using the algal biomass to feed other conversion technologies such as fermentation and anaerobic digestion.

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Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the degradation of organic matter by microorganisms under oxygen-free conditions. The process produces biogas – mainly methane and carbon dioxide – that can be used to produce heat and electricity, and even to power vehicles.

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Biochar

Biochar is created through the process of pyrolysis. Pyrolysis produces three products, two of which, syngas and bio-oil, can be used as biofuels.

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We can help you get started with Biofuels

Call us on 0131 455 2217 or email us at biofuels@napier.ac.uk