COMPANY PROFILE

 NameONE-POT S.R.L.
 RegionSicily
StatusStart-up

 
 PROPOSAL 

Title ONE-POT PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF BIODIESEL AND GLYCEROL ETHER MIXTURES USEFUL AS BIOFUELS
Project id.6
Reference sectorRENEWABLE ENERGY
IP Protection LevelWO2014122579 (A1) EP2953921 (A1) US2016024408 (A1) EA201591271 (A1) CN105073706 (A)
Description of the innovation projectThe specific objective of the project is to offer to the market a new, highly innovative process for biodiesel fuel production based on a significant technological improvement that overcomes the current environmental, social and economic critical aspects of the biodiesel fuel production. The proposed process is based on an innovative process that allows the direct transformation of vegetable oil into glycerol-free biodiesel and also the treatment of any type of oleaginous matrix, even if characterized by an elevated acidity, such as waste oil and fats of various origins (for example oil and fat used in restaurants)
State of dev.Prototype
Industrial applicationThis new production system is so revolutionary and innovative that it will satisfy on one hand the industrial and economic needs of the market operators and on the other hand the social and environmental needs of the community. The main market applications can be divided into three strategic business lines and specifically: 1. Technology transfer activities and engineering for the construction of new industrial plants producing biodiesel; 2. Technology transfer and engineering activities for the conversion of existing production facilities aimed at the recovery of glycerol and its conversion into biodiesel fuel; 3. Technology transfer and EPC activities for the construction of waste to energy plants for the recovery of waste oils and their conversion into green energy;
Market segmentThe market segmentation business plan already done and clearly identify the users of the new technology and it define the three business lines that the Company will implement, namely: 1) Oil&Gas and Biodiesel Company that have to build new plants; 2) Biodiesel Producer in terms of conversion of existing plants; 3) Utility and Energy Players; This project has an international character and it is refers to a global market. EXPECTED MARKET SHARE For each of the three business lines commercial and market share objectives are well define by a strategic marketing plan. The main market application areas are detail here: NEW PLANTS Today the worldwide biodiesel production is 29 million tons per year and it is expected to reach 39 million tons per year by 2024. Therefore it is expected that over the next decade, new biodiesel production facilities will be built for further production capacity to 10 million tons per year. One-Pot‘s goal in the same period is to secure a market share of at least 5% of new plants to be built, with an installed capacity of 500,000 Tons per year. CONVERSION OF EXISTING PLANTS As it has already been said the worldwide biodiesel production is 29 million tons per year which means that the current production of glycerol as a co-product resulting from the current production systems is globally about 2.9 million tons per years. One-Pot‘s goal in the same period is to secure a market share of at least 20% of glycerol production that is about 580,000 tons per year to be converted into biodiesel fuel. EXHAUSTED OILS TREATMENT PLANTS FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION Following clearance from the EU Commission, on 30 June 2016 the Italian Authority issued a new decree for allocation of incentives to Renewable Energy Sources other than photovoltaic. Exhausted oils treatment plants for energy production are consider as belonging to biomass plant category and they are incentives from the Gestore dei Servizi Energetici "GSE " with a feed in tariff very interesting for energy player, investor and utility. One-Pot's goal is on one hand sell turnkey biomass plants to energy player that invest in Italy and in the other hand commercialize its technology for waste to energy production application in the world wide green energy arena.
Advantage factorOur patent's production method is based on an innovative process that allows: • Direct Transformation: the process catalyses simultaneously and efficiently the tree different phases: the decomposition of TBME (tert-butyl metyl ether), the transesterification of the triglyceride and the etherification of glycerol in a one single step transformation. • Energetic efficiency: the process has a much lower power consumption (- 30%) than the current transformation systems, therefore the production plant is optimized also in terms of energy balance. • Sustainability: the production process has reduced amounts of carbon dioxide emissions and less residual and waste production. • Glycerol free: the innovative process is able to provide an effective transformation of vegetable oil into glycerolfree biodiesel significantly reducing the production costs. • Waste oil Treatment: the versatility of the process allows the use of inedible and waste vegetable oils containing amounts of free fatty acids such as exhausted frying oils from the catering industry. • Lower Investment Cost: investment costs are significantly reduced as the tree different phases that are usually separate in the current system (the decomposition of TBME (tert-butyl metyl ether), the transesterification of the triglyceride and the etherification of glycerol) with this innovative process method take place in a one single step transformation, that means that also the production plants have a simpler structure and are less expensive to build than the normal biodiesel plants. • Automation Industry 4.0: using automation and cyber-physical system this innovative method is more flexible than traditional one and the technology is improved by the introduction of methods of self-optimization, selfconfiguration, self-diagnosis, cognition and intelligent support.
Commercial challengeThe most relevant impacts that we expect to reach can be summarize in the following points: 1)Technological Improvement in the bio-fuels and green energy market in terms of increase productivity of production plant, improved the energy efficiency and automation system by the introduction of methods of self-optimization, self-configuration, self-diagnosis, cognition and intelligent support. 2) Economical Benefit : the investment costs to realize a plant production are significantly reduced as the three different phases that are usually separate in the current systems take place in one single step transformation, that means that also the plant production has a simpler structure and is less expensive to build than the normal biodiesel plants. 3) Environmental and Social Impact Reduction: recovering and reusing the waste oil, instead of sending them to landfill, reduces the risk of diverting farmland or crops for bio-fuels production to the detriment of the food. 4) Job Creation: the worldwide expansion of our technology will create a high induced in terms of new jobs opportunity and it must be outlines that our technology has the ability to create and introduce in the market a new jobs categories as Specialist Plant Technicians and Remote Controlled Plant Operators.
Publications and Customer ReferecesOne-pot microwave assisted catalytic transformation of vegetable oil into glycerol-free biodiesel By: Drago, C ; Liotta, LF ; La Parola, V ; Testa, ML ; Nicolosi, G FUEL , volume: 113 , pages: 707-711, published: 2013 Conversion of feedstock containing triglyceride of fatty acid to mixture containing alkyl ester of fatty acid and alkyl glycerol, used as biofuels, comprises reacting feedstock with substituted ether compounds in presence of acid catalyst