Transesterification, esterification, oil refining, fat removal and treatment technologies for FAME/UCOME
As a technologically oriented development laboratory the focus of ELR is the reuse of lipid containing wastes, a variety of waste cooking oils (UCO), greases and biogenetic fatty residues originating in food service, catering and food production to be converted into biofuels and heating oils.
All possible options of refining processes of raw materials, transesterification and esterification as well as subsequent treatment technologies, will be analysed, validated and optimized.
The study of relevant auxiliary processes such as regeneration and recycling are part of the development work.
We also provide energy, mass and CO2 balances (THG and CO2 footprint) for biomass conversion processes.
Screening of raw materials, development of technologies both in lab and pilot scale, quality monitoring and management
Potential raw materials will be screened as well as tested and analytically defined, both on lab and pilot (pioneer) plant scale.
Grounding on findings and results basic engineering, drafts and layouts for plant components as well as proposals for suitable analytical strategies can be elaborated (worked out).
Our longstanding experience with monitoring and managing biofuels allows us also to provide consultation and manpower.
Feasibility studies and economic efficiency
On the basis of lab results and relevant market research we are in a position to forecast the economic feasibility of planned plants and projects. Well-tested and proven mathematic models assure reliable economic analyses.
Optimization of processes and procedures
We solve questions relating to optimization both in production processes already running and in the planning of studies for conversion projects by means of improved logistics or adapted process techniques to minimize processing costs. All this can be applied to classical biodiesel plants as well as biogas processes or new energy conversion concepts such as the production and use of hydrogen.
Bio-oils from certified European producers and herbal extracts for special applications
Thanks to a large network of contacts in Austria and Italy ELR cooperates with makers of fine selected oils for an alternative and health-oriented nutrition also with the aim to support niche producers in their effort to corner the market. Excellent olive and kernel oils are on offer together with superior biocertified linseed oil, rape oil, dragon’s head oil and mustard oil produced in Thuringia.
A special role is played by the rather rare elder oil, which is highly recommended for biocosmetic use. Combined with natural brine and woad extract this oil is at the heart of an innovative cosmetic series which boasts surprising qualities. Moreover, elder oil has proved to be remarkably beneficial when it comes to wood protection and bio-gardening. ELR is studying its further use in other fields.
A passionate hobby-horse has grown into an interesting product. The discovery of recipes dating back to the 18th century found in various pharmacies in Thuringia has enabled ELR to distil plant extracts to be transformed into sought-after herbal liqueurs whose astonishing medical effects have already been acknowledged.
Our laboratory is equipped with special preserving distillation facilities thus allowing for the extraction of very sensitive active substances and agents as well as aromatic essences which originate in biomasses.