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New biofuel production technology
 
 
 
TITLE:
New biofuel production technology to recover used frying oils and power the Seville's urban bus fleet.

PROJECT Nº: LIFE13 ENV/ES/001113

COORDINATOR: FUNDACIÓN CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO AVANZADO DE ENERGÍAS RENOVABLES DE ANDALUCÍA (CTAER).

PARTNERS:

US-AGR155 (UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA), CIEMAT (CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS), CARTIF (CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO CARTIF), CAMPO SUR INVESTIGA SL (CSI.SL) Y CTAER.

TOTAL BUDGET: 1,543,690.00 €.

EU CONTRIBUTION: 756,870.00 €.

DURATION: 01-OCT-2014 to 29-SEP -2017.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:



 Various vegetable oils and animal fats are used in the production of biodiesel, which is seen as a more environmentally friendly alternative to mineral diesel. However, despite the advantages of these biofuels, there are still significant costs attached to their production. Growing crops for the production of oilseed and breeding animals for fats and oils both take up large areas of land and consume significant amounts of energy.

Producing biodiesel from used cooking oil has fewer costs, since the raw material is already available as a waste product. In Spain alone, the catering industry produces around 400 000 tonnes of used cooking oils every year, of which around 58 000 tonnes are produced in the region of Andalusia.

Exploiting used cooking oils for the production of biodiesel also avoids costs associated either with their management and appropriate disposal, or - in even worse cases - their inappropriate disposal. In Andalusia, only around 34% of used cooking oils (20 000 tonnes) are currently collected and treated properly.

The main objective of the project LIFE BIOSEVILLE is to develop an integrated and sustainable system for the recovery of used frying oils generated in the city of Seville in order to produce a new biofuel, more competitive and efficient, consisting of methyl esters and glycerin ethers.