University of Technology, Jamaica teams with US company on biodiesel

October 8, 2018 |

In Jamaica, the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) and Elhydro Limited on October 2 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize collaboration in biodiesel production and research.

UTech, Jamaica and Elhydro Limited were brought together by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to have meaningful discussions on the Medium Scale Castor-based Biodiesel Processing and B5 (5% Biodiesel: 95% Diesel blend) Validation to be funded by Elhydro.

Areas of collaboration and mutual interest are not limited to the production of B5 from domestically produced feedstock in the short term but will include the subsequent phase of higher Biodiesel blends such as B20/30 as well as continuous research and development to identify and design innovative techniques for the advancement in Biodiesel production and usage in areas such as:

1. The extraction and processing of Castor oil, Waste Vegetable Oils (WVO), and Meat/Chicken fats to biofuels to meet the ASTM D6751 and/or European EN 14214 fuel testing standards.
2. Biodiesel application in Diesel engines which has many important technical advantages over conventional diesel such as lubricity, low toxicity, superior flash point, negligible sulphur content and lower exhaust emissions.
3. Bi-products production, e.g. Fertilizer meal, Glycerine and Pharmaceuticals.

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