Biodiesel producers have lots of issues to focus on if they want to develop great products at the right profit margin. Maximizing yield is absolutely essential, and how to accomplish that maximum yield varies from company to company. No matter what, though, any producer has to rely on sodium or potassium methylate to move oils into biodiesel. Neutralizing the crude to remove that is typically done with acids, and one report from Biodiesel Magazine suggested that the best new acid to use is Lutropur brand methanesulfonic acid or MSA.
Lutropur MSA, according to the report, offers three percent more yield thanks to the fact that it has a faster, cleaner phase separation and less corrosion. Scaling can occur with citric and phosphoric acids, and that doesn’t happen with this acid choice. It’s also far less corrosive than other choices. When the goal is cost-effective production with better profitability, these factors are absolutely essential.
The Other Overlooked Factor
Equipment, though, is just as important as the choice of acid, and our Lined Mixer with the integrated additive disk is ideal when you’re adding acid to the process. Corrosion resistant Teflon and Kynar means you won’t ever have to worry about an equipment breakdown, no matter what type of acid you ultimately choose. It’s available in a variety of diameter sizes, as well as with both schedule 40 carbon steel and 316 L S.S. housings. The Teflon lined mixing elements are 25% glass filled to give them added strength. You can even choose from removable injection tees or integrated injection disks.
To learn more about how Komax can help your biodiesel operation, contact us today.