On Tuesday 13 December 2011 we organised a free dissemination event

Innovative uses of glycerol from the biodiesel process

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Biodiesel is produced by trans-esterification of vegetable oils with methanol. Glycerine is a major by-product of this process. Due to the rapid increase in biodiesel production capacity in Europe also the amount of (crude) glycerine has increased rapidly. Since 2004 the amount of glycerine produced exceeds the actual consumption, and the mismatch is increasing. Leading stakeholders in the European biodiesel sector confirm that there is an urgent need to identify new (crude) glycerine applications.

The SUPERMETHANOL project (formally: Reforming of Crude Glycerine in Supercritical Water to Produce Methanol for Re-Use in Biodiesel Plants) addresses this need by investigating whether reforming in supercritical water is a suitable and viable technology to convert glycerine into methanol (“the GtM concept”), so that it can be re-used in the biodiesel plants were it is produced as by-product.

The SUPERMETHANOL project is coordinated by BTG Biomass Technology Group BV (The Netherlands). Project coordination is organised as follows:

Overall coordination
John Vos,
Tel. +31-53-486 1186

Technical coordination 
Robbie Venderbosch,
Tel. +31-53-486 2281,

The SUPERMETHANOL project is financially supported by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (Grant Agreement no. 212180), through the new uses for glycerine in Biorefinery activity (ENERGY-2007-3.3-02).



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