In June 2020, the LIFE Superbiodiesel project (Production of advanced biodiesel from animal wastes using supercritical technologies) started. The objective of this project is to demonstrate on a pilot scale a new technology for the transesterification of fats with methanol under supercritical conditions using new heterogeneous catalysts. The process allows greater flexibility in terms of the acidity of the source fats, the reduction or elimination of glycerine by-products, the reduction of the carbon footprint well above the objectives of the Renewable Energy Directive, and the reduction of polluted effluents from the process.
The role of the Systems Analysis Unit of IMDEA Energy consists of the environmental and socio-economic analysis of the process by monitoring the results of techno-economic relevance, the definition of key performance indicators, the modelling the process and its alternatives and the study of its economic viability.
Seven Spanish organizations participate in the project:
- Asociación de Investigación de la Industria del Juguete, Conexas y Afines (AIJU, Coordinador)
- Compañía Española de Petróleos (CEPSA)
- Fundación IMDEA Energía
- Asociación de Investigación para la Industria del Calzado y Conexas (INESCOP)
- Instituto de Tecnológica Química (UPV-CSIC)
- ORGANOVAC S.L.
- Universidad de Murcia
More information: José Luis Gálvez, Senior Assistant Researcher, Systems Analysis Unit, firstname.lastname@example.org