Developers in the Pardubice Refinery are Exploring Second Generation Biofuels
Paramo, April 4th, 2012 – The basic characteristic of the second generation biofuels is the independence of the raw material resources of the bio components on the production of food. As a part of the "bio-refinery" development program, the Fuel and Asphalt Development Department of Paramo has been engaged in the research of the refinery processes of the second generation fuels since last year.
"The law, which makes adding of methyl ester of the rapeseed oil mandatory, addresses the efficient utilization of agricultural land, limitations of the green house gases emissions and the use of renewable energy resources only partially. The use of methyl ester of the rapeseed oil will not comply with the specified sustainability criteria, i.e. a significant reduction of the emissions of green house gases during their production, in the future," says the manager of the Fuel and Asphalt Development Department Jiří Plitz. Furthermore, he reminds us the current world trends. "They utilize technologies for converting biomaterials into carbon-based fuels directly in individual refineries."
Paramo, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, therefore conducted tests of the technology for common hydrogenation of the mineral crude oil component with used fryer oil as an additive. "Utilizing this technology, the Pardubice Refinery can produce motor diesel fuel with reduced emissions of the green house gases in compliance with the European criteria for sustainable development," concludes Jiří Plitz.
PARAMO, a.s., a member of the UNIPETROL/PKN ORLEN Group, processes crude oil for refinery and asphalt products, and also for lubricating and process oils, incl. subsequent and ancillary products. The refinery purchases and processes oil hydrogen and hydrocrack products. Intermediate products are used in the production of basic oils and lubricating oils which contain very low levels of sulphur. The company employs 600 people.
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