At HartFord Global, we implement Total Analysis, a unique and highly-integrated research methodology that leverages our combined expertise in Country Risk, Industry Risk, Financial Markets and Commodities. This unique approach ensures our research and forecasts are consistent, forward looking and accurate.

Proven Track Record

Our analysts have a proven track record in monitoring industry developments and evolving business strategies, highlighting the most pertinent risks and opportunities in your chosen markets.

Fuel production technology

First generation biodiesel is made by reacting acylglycerides with an alcohol, usually methanol, yielding fatty acid alkyl ester (fatty acid methyl ester, FAME, in case of methanol). Glycerol (also called glycerine) is also formed in the process, and can be used for a number of consumer and industrial applications.

The breakthrough

Traditional biodiesel, i.e. fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), is produced from fatty acid triglycerides obtained from various plants, such as rape, palm and soy, or various wastes like vegetable oil (WVO) or animal fat. The process is based on a catalyzed reaction of fatty acid glycerides with methanol and is relatively inexpensive. The methanol used today in the production is mainly derived from fossil fuel production. As a result biodiesel is an 85-90% renewable fuel.  Ethanol can be used instead of methanol (giving fatty acid ethyl ester, FAEE), but it is more expensive and complicated to use than methanol.

Achievement

HartFord Global designed a small scale pilot production unit to obtain the necessary information for the process development. HartFord Global is also working on projects regarding conversion of glycerol to various compounds.