Biodiesel lab project goes commercial

By Nicholas Zeman | October 14, 2009
Posted November 4, 2009

Renewable Products Development Laboratories has recently received patents for its biodiesel process technologies and is now looking to market its product under the name Biomass Renewable Technologies Inc., after years of research and development work. "Representing ourselves as a laboratory while we tried to market our technology could have proven deadly for us, so we changed our name," said Emilia Gonzalez-Clements, chief operating officer for BRT.

The company is currently preparing to commission a 3MMgy plant outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in December, and is scheduled to begin construction on a new project this month in Seattle.

BRT's technology platform focuses on feedstock purification. "Our add-on module, the Sterol Master, addresses feedstock problems before you process it in a reactor," Gonzalez-Clements says. "And our high-FFA module allows you to process tallow and greases without making a lot of soap. If you address these problems before transesterification, even the simplest reactors can handle these types of feedstock, and you don't have to clean the fuel up on the back-end."

Along with the Sterol Master and the high-FFA module, BRT is also marketing the Methanol Master, which recycles and recovers methanol; and the Impurities Master, a water-wash solution that helps producers avoid the costs of absorbent chemicals, Gonzalez-Clements said. "While our current focus is on the add-on modules that solve production problems, we also offer complete plant designs," she said.
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