Ethanol can be produced from a variety of raw materials such as corn, sugar cane, soy beans, switchgrass, corn stover, and cellulosic materials. Corn can be processed in a dry or wet mill to produce ethanol. Advances and research in ethanol continues to find new and more energy efficient ways to produce ethanol and biofuels and new raw materials for production.
By National Oilwell Varco based in Dayton, OHIO (USA).
AppliTek has already developed the necessary tools to measure and control on-line the production, in case the futur is in favour of biofuels. For biodiesel, the following quality indices should be monitored, on order to comply with international legislation on biofuel QC:
Free fatty acids - Calcium & Magnesium - Total Phosphorus - Potassium - Moisture (water content)
By AppliTek NV based in Nazareth, BELGIUM.
FT-NIR spectroscopy is a widely used technique that can do rapid and non-destructive measurements in seconds. This technique can achieve multiple analysis results per measurement and determine real–time chemical information at-line and in-line.
By Bruker Corporation based in Billerica, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).
As more mandates for a minimum of ethanol in gasoline and biodiesel in diesel come into effect, major oil companies are blending higher percentages of biofuels at their terminals. A quick analytical measurement method to assess the blend ratio can be a valuable asset for fuel distributors, engine manufacturers, fleet operators, and regulatory agencies. The InfraCal Biodiesel and Ethanol Blend Analyzers offer a quick way to verify that fuel blends are on spec. They are ideal for use for non-technical personnel and measurement results take less than one minute.
By Spectro Scientific based in Chelmsford, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).
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