Alfa Laval and Bisviridi collaborate to revolutionize biofuel production from organic waste. The collaboration aims to enhance the sustainability of organic and food waste recycling.
Alfa Laval, the global leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation, and fluid handling, and Bisviridi, a new company part of the BioteCH4 group, the leading anaerobic digestion (AD) operator in the United Kingdom, are collaborating to elevate the sustainability potential of organic and food waste recycling.
The partnership integrates Alfa Laval’s state-of-the-art Prodec Oil Plus decanter, designed for efficient oil separation, with anaerobic digestion to convert oil and fat waste into biofuel. This groundbreaking process, developed and patented by Bisviridi, produces Bio Crude, an eco-friendly alternative to oil-based fuels.
Notably, Bio Crude can be refined into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), aligning with the aviation industry’s decarbonization goals and entering an emerging market.
Lee Dobinson, Chief Commercial Officer of Bisviridi, highlights the value of the partnership, stating, “The fluctuation in oil prices over the last few years and the need for large biodiesel companies to find new sources of sustainable waste-oil streams has led us to develop a way of harnessing this waste material and diversify the output of the BioteCH4 business, increasing its revenues and sustainability. We are thrilled to collaborate with Alfa Laval, merging our AD expertise with their successful history in separation technology to refine this process further and potentially achieve large-scale production worldwide.”
Carl Rehncrona, Business Unit President at Alfa Laval, emphasizes the commitment to success, stating, “Alfa Laval’s comprehensive product knowledge and global service presence will fully support the entire lifecycle of the decanter skid. Together with Bisviridi, we are setting a new standard in AD, and we firmly believe that we can make a significant positive impact on the industry by transforming food waste and creating a more sustainable and resilient future.”
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The Alfa Laval Prodec Oil Plus decanter, a key component in the Bisviridi process, seamlessly integrates into any AD facility, offering numerous benefits. Prior to methanogenesis, the decanter efficiently extracts oil from organic waste, removing oils, fats, and grease content. It allows the remaining components to be reintroduced into the AD system with minimal impact on biogas production. The resulting bio-crude boasts impressive purity levels of up to 99.5%, making it an ideal feedstock for refineries to produce biofuel for the SAF market.
Through a recent collaborative effort with BioteCH4, the AD plant can achieve a remarkable production capacity of up to, but not limited to, 300 litres of oil per hour, all while seamlessly increasing and diversifying the AD operator’s revenue stream. The Prodec Oil Plus decanter’s innovative design ensures easy operation and maintenance, resulting in minimal payback time and total cost of ownership. It is available as a standalone component or as a plug-and-play skid, allowing for effortless integration into existing AD plants and processes.
About Alfa Laval
Alfa Laval stands as a global leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation, and fluid handling, operating within the energy, marine, food, and water sectors. With a presence in approximately 100 countries, the company extends its expertise, products, and services across diverse industries. Committed to process optimization, responsible growth, and fostering progress, Alfa Laval supports customers in realizing their business objectives and sustainability goals, collectively pioneering a positive impact.
Bisviridi, with decades of collective experience in the waste and anaerobic digestion industry, positions itself strategically to explore new avenues for growth. In the realm of anaerobic digestion, a process that already transforms waste into renewable energy, there exists an opportunity to maximize its potential.
Recognizing the increasing demand for cost-effective and scalable alternatives to oil-based fuels, the team at Bisviridi has dedicated the last three years to perfecting an anaerobic digestion oil extraction system. Notably, this system boasts significantly lower costs compared to existing oil separation plants.
In response to the challenge of finding sustainable alternatives, Bisviridi’s patented technology retrieves fats, oils, and greases from the digestion process. Importantly, this recovery process incurs minimal to no reduction in biogas potential, contributing to both environmental and economic sustainability.