Biofuel is a type of green energy that is gaining increasing popularity in the industrial sector. It’s manufactured using environmentally friendly methods and is sourced in sustainable ways that make it both bountiful and renewable. Biofuel produces minimal pollutants, so it helps to reduce a manufacturer’s carbon footprint, which helps improve their profits.
Biofuel products aren’t restricted to the energy source itself. The bulk of these products are machines used to clean, dispose, and recycle used biofuel. They include filters, pumps, centrifuges, pumps, purifiers, and filtration materials. When you’re shopping for this kind of equipment, there are a few things to look out for. Let’s review some of the crucial criteria.
Used biofuel often contains industrial contaminants that need to be removed before the fuel can be either eliminated or re-used. Cleaning the fuel before disposal prevents wastage and protects the environment. The most common fuel contaminant is water in the form of steam or coolant. The machinery uses several methods to separate the oil from water. The resultant fluids should be collected in distinct chambers to prevent re-contamination.
Depending on the amount of biofuel your factory produces, you should get the right size of filter. Some purifiers function through surface tension, so the separation chamber needs to be wide enough to offer a larger surface area for effective filtration. If you produce minimal waste, getting a big machine is unnecessary, but if you go through hundreds or thousands of litres daily, a small machine will use up too much time and power.
On that note, your equipment uses power to carry out the biofuel purification. It might be electrical or mechanical, but since the point is to be prudent and sustainable, you should select a model that uses minimal heat or voltage to carry out the separation. If you end up using more fuel than the volume of oil you’re cleaning, then it beats the purpose and ends up being counter-productive.
There are different fuel filtration methods ranging from basic sieving to centrifugal force. The method that is used depends on the material to be cleaned, the volume of effluent, and the period of manufacture. Before you buy any equipment, check on how it was developed, designed, and built. Look at the credentials of the equipment maker, and at their body of work. Patented machinery is always good because it shows efficiency and attention to detail.
Good filtration media
Regardless of the kind of purification system you’re using, there will be some kind of filtration media. It might be an air filter on a blower, a water filter on a centrifuge, or an absorbent fabric to sop up spills as the fuel goes into the storage sump. Make sure your equipment has filters that have the right density for your targeted fuel. This media should be easily accessible so that the supply is consistent and uninterrupted. Try to use filtration materials that are not just effective but also easily available. Alumina makes a good filter.
Suitable residence time
Residence time refers to the duration of the period when the fuel is inside the filter. While speed is important for large fuel volumes, more time is better. The longer the fuel sits inside the separator, the better the separation will be since the oil will have more time to settle in the water and ease the separation process. The period should be optimal. Take too long, and you slow down the whole manufacturing process. Do it too fast, and the results are below par.
Many biofuel products have inbuilt sensors that help them function more efficiently. Oil filtration devices have a water sensor that notifies your team when the water sump is full. They can them empty the water and prevent it from re-contaminating the fuel. Other sensors identify any trace of water in the fuel itself, both before and after filtration. The sensor needs to be highly sensitive to clear all traces of water. It can be designed in the form of a flashing light, a reflex valve, or a blaring alarm.
Easy to install
Any good piece of technical equipment includes a generous after sales service agreement. You should have access to repairs, maintenance, and mechanical assistance. However, as an industrial entity, you may prefer to set up your own equipment, especially if it’s imported or sourced from a distance. For this reason, ideal biofuel equipment should be easy to set up, and in case you want the manufacturer to set it up for you, they should have a wide enough distribution or partner network to send their team to wherever you are.