Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation of the Year
It is in recognition of Hielscher Ultrasonics innovative application of ultrasonics technology to biodiesel manufacturing that Frost & Sullivan is pleased to acknowledge the company’s work with the prestigious Award for Technology Innovation of the Year.
"It (Hielscher Ultrasonics) specializes in developing advanced ultrasonics for industrial liquid processing applications and laboratory use. With its extensive expertise in the field of ultrasonics, the company has developed a wide range of equipment that can be employed in biodiesel manufacturing. Hielscher has developed a variety of high performance ultrasonic transducers that are designed to be retrofitted into the process line.
Ultrasonic processing costs result from the investment for ultrasonic devices, electricity costs and maintenance. But even this would make economic sense to manufacturers because such technology could significantly boost the output and installed capacity of an existing plant, more than offsetting the additional cost of the ultrasonics. Extensive testing has demonstrated that quality improves and fewer raw materials are required by using such equipment. This would translate into a direct positive impact on the bottom line for biodiesel manufacturers."
"The recent spurt in the usage of biofuels has sparked off intense research into manufacturing methods. The problem is particularly acute in the manufacture of biodiesel, something that is still largely a batch process. Biodiesel is manufactured by a process called transesterification. In this process, vegetable or animal fat reacts with an alcohol in the presence of a base. In its original form, the reaction is a batch process, which will take about eight hours to 10 hours to produce glycerol and biodiesel.
With the spurt in demand for biofuels, a number of companies are trying to refine the process. Cavitation is one option that is being explored and can be produced through a number of processes including high-pressure nozzles and mechanical agitation. Ultrasonics with equipment supplied by Hielscher though remains one of the more energy-efficient options for cavitation and has shown encouraging results in reducing process time without affecting quality." says Sivam Sabesan, Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan
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