Volume 7, Issue 3
Published: April 29, 2013
Pure and simple

How can European biodiesel producers meet EN 14214 standards during tough times?

 

During the last few years biodiesel production in Europe has increased but, due to a lack of profitability, many producers had to temporarily stop their production; some were even forced to shut down their plants completely.

The main reasons behind those situations include the increased price for high quality feedstock, like vegetable oils, and the higher requirement demands on the quality of all end products. Thus the necessity of using lower-quality feedstock, such as used cooking oil or animal fat, has therefore played a part in these scenarios.

The purification process after transesterification of lowcost feedstock is one of the key factors to allowing end product to fulfil the required parameters of EN 14214 biodiesel standards. Alongside established parameters, like monoglyceride, phosphor and sulphur content checks, additional quality parameters like cold soak testing and filter blocking tendency are now being discussed with a view to becoming mandatory new parameters within biodiesel quality standards.

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