Biodiesel is a sustainable alternative to the use of fossil fuels in heavy transportation.
The manufacture and combustion of biodiesel produces substantially less CO2 than fossil diesel and helps reduce domestic dependence on fossil oil.
This biofuel can be produced from rapeseed, canola, soybean, palm, and other plant- and animal-based oils.
In the transesterification process, lipids (oils) and methanol react with the aid of a catalyst to produce fatty acid methylester (FAME). Glycerin is produced as a by-product, which can be processed to a high-purity by-product used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Oils contain fat-soluble accompanying substances called sterols. VERBIO has developed and patented a technology for purification of sterols from oil-based biodiesel inputs. This process further adds value to the production process.