As more oils and fats are converted to biodiesel, storage and disposal costs for the raw glycerol by-product are increasing. In addition, although pure glycerol has many uses, the purification step may be costly, thereby negatively impacting the overall economics of biodiesel production. One potential solution is the use of raw glycerol as an alternative fuel in boiler and furnace retrofits to produce heat and power. Although promising, there are challenges due to the following properties of glycerol:
- Can lead to incomplete, inefficient combustion
- Can produce toxic acrolein (0.1 ppm TWA) after incomplete combustion
Air Products researchers have determined that oxygen can help overcome these challenges. We can help you design a complete system using our oxygen supply devices and patented oxy-fuel burners, enabling you to effectively use glycerol as an alternative fuel in power and heat production. To find out more, contact us at the office nearest your location.