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There is a variety of biodiesel making equipment on the market. In home biodiesel manufacturing everyone uses a similar process, the age old and tried process of transesterfication, the equipment to do this does not vary a lot.
Making biodiesel is simple, making good biodiesel is not much harder as long as you follow good instructions. The most important thing is to make biodiesel safely and in this respect biodiesel plant design is critical.
The following diagram shows a typical biodiesel plant design. This layout is typical of batch plants from 100 to 5 000 liters a day. An appleseed biodiesel processor has this sort of valve layout.
Let's look at each component of the plant in detail.
Biodiesel plant construction is not rocket science, generally it is just a case of connecting some piping, pumps and tanks together. Read the Safety Guidelines and bear them in mind when constructing your plant. There are some good designs available, probably the best site for a design that you can make yourself is make-biodiesel.org
A good biodiesel centrifuge can speed up production considerably. There are commercial biodiesel plants that use centrifuges to speed up separation of the glycerin, biodiesel and methanol. There are also plants that use centrifuges to separate biodiesel and wash water. A good commercial centrifuge is an expensive item but it can dramatically speed up production. They are probably out of the price band of home producers.
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I start using it and it cheaper, the fuel prices is increasing day by day here in South Africa, so far so good my vehicle is running smooth.
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Not so much a contribution; I would like to start pruducing biodiesel and need to know as much about the process as possible please. Firstly and quite …
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i would like to know what kind of a production tank would be ideal for a start up in production with crude rapeseed oil. Siggi
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