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Don’t waste, invest! Exploring how a successful retrofit concept can ensure your BioDiesel plant is fit for the future.

The challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic have brought a re-evaluation of most industries and the bioeconomy is no different. 2020 has presented new ways of working, pressures on supply chains and feedstocks, the limiting of some markets and the growth of others, with these changes typically applied at a rapid pace. For those working with BioDiesel, the past year will have also seen a reassessment of their capabilities. Already they were facing challenges – rising prices for refined oils, and a lowering in quality of low-price residue and waste products – to name but two and even for the most advance BioDiesel plant, at some point it will no longer represent state-of-the-art technology. At this moment, an important decision has to be made in order remain economically successful and this is where the experts at BDI-BioEnergy International bring their expertise to the fore with their retrofit programme which comprises all the steps required to successfully optimise a plant.

With experience in this area dating back to the mid-1990s, a strong reputation stemming from intensive in-house R&D and successful retrofits all over the world, BDI are perfectly placed to support the growth and efficiency of BioDiesel plants via retrofitting.

Hermann Stockinger, CSO at BDI-BioEnergy International (pictured left) tells us more about what a retrofit can deliver; “It’s essentially ensuring that a plant is ready to face the future. For plants that have to rely on obsolete technologies, it can have negative effects on yields, plant capacity and flexibility in terms of raw materials as well as significant down-time as problems become more common. By retrofitting, you can benefit from greater feedstock flexibility, additional yields by upgrading by-products, greater energy efficiency and plant availability and safety.”

“By implementing a BDI retrofit a plant can use low-quality raw materials, what we call ‘ugly feedstock’ such as used cooking oils, animals fats and grease and even ‘fat bergs’ (those rock-like masses of waste increasingly found in sewers in large towns and cities) which is an area of increasing demand and opportunity. Our technology ensures that the quality of the BioDiesel remains high even if the raw materials is inferior”, continued Stockinger.

The range of services included in the BDI RetroFit programme includes all the steps that are required to successfully optimise a plant. Beginning with an on-site evaluation with an experienced engineer, they then go through the steps right through to plant commissioning and handover.

“We at BDI we work with plants from California to New Zealand, backed up with our in-house R&D, a highly experienced team and a focus only on BioDiesel all of which makes us the clear leader in this area, all of which makes us proud to be able to deliver an insight into our work and the opportunity around BioDiesel in our upcoming webinar with Bio Market Insights” concluded Stockinger.

In our upcoming webinar on the 25th November, Don’t waste, invest! With a successful retrofit concept, you can get ensure your biodiesel plant is fit for the future!, Hermann, his colleague Christine Riedl and Matthew Stone, Managing Director of PRIMA MARKETS will lead a practically focussed webinar addressing the benefits and opportunities around retrofitting, along with the latest technical solutions and concepts and selected case studies.

So register today for this webinar to learn how a retrofit BioDiesel plant can make it profitable and future-proof!


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