PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Researchers at Applied Research Associates (ARA) in Panama City, have developed a renewable fuel technology called Hydrothermal Cleanup (HCU).
This technology is expected to have long-term effects that ARA says can help the environment.
The process behind this technology cleans dirty feedstock including fats, oils, and greases that are contaminated with metal and phosphorous.
“Right now there’s a limited amount of renewable feedstock that we can process, and a lot of oil companies are facing this challenge,” principal engineer Sanjay Nana said.
There are also advantages.
“It’s a much simpler process than what most of the current technologies use to clean up these feedstocks,” senior chemist Jocelyn Goodwin said
Nana broke down the process. “The oil gets heated up to a certain temperature, set at a certain pressure, and flows through a turbulent flow regime. It then goes through a continuous flow, single-step process where it takes out contaminants, such as metals and phosphorous out of the oil phase into the water phase.”
According to Goodwin, ARA licenses the technology to the refiners so that they can hire their own firm to implement this technology. The first HCU Pre-Treatment facility is set to open in Wyoming sometime this summer.
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