UK Company Unveils Method for Harnessing Nature to Unlock a Future Free of Fossil Fuel Dependency
Kent, UK. 27th July, 2011 - Aquafuel, the UK pioneer in renewable combined heat and power (CHP) technology, today announced an innovative new way to fuel diesel engines, using Glycerine. The patented technology makes Glycerine the perfect fuel, burning with higher efficiency than diesel and with incredibly low emissions. It is also non-toxic, water soluble and nearly impossible to ignite accidentally. Glycerine is already available in large volumes as a by-product of biodiesel production and is naturally produced by algae, commonly found in highly saline waters such as the Dead Sea. Glycerine production does not compete with food for land and fresh water. It is estimated that an algal field the size of Switzerland could supply the world's energy needs, potentially ending the world's dependency on fossil fuels.
"To reach a fossil free future we need to replace a world of large inefficient power stations with local, high efficiency combined heat and power plants, running on clean, sustainable, renewable fuel," said Paul Day, CEO and Founder, Aquafuel. "The same applies to transport; we cannot continue indefinitely with petrol and diesel. I have a vision of fossil free energy where hybrid cars and trucks plug into a glycerine fuelled local grid and then use their onboard glycerine generator to extend their range. The technology is here right now; we are delivering the first ultraclean glycerine CHP to power 28 eco-homes in Essex this month. The new generation of series hybrids like Boris Johnson's New Bus for London are perfect for glycerine, and cars like the Chevy Volt are bringing the series hybrid to the mass market."
Glycerine emissions are low because it is a single compound and not a complex blend like diesel, resulting in exceptionally clean combustion. It also already contains 55% oxygen by weight and burns with the virtual absence of any particulate emissions. The clean exhaust means operation of oxidation and deNOx catalysts is more efficient and final emissions are extraordinarily low, easily beating even the Californian Tier 4 regulations.
The algae (Dunaliella salina) can accumulate up to 85% of glycerine by dry weight, which it produces to protect itself from the osmotic pressure created by high salt concentration. There are hundreds of square kilometres of saline ponds in places like Namibia which produce salt by solar evaporation and are naturally full of glycerine rich Dunaliella. Cultivation is best achieved in these hot sunny locations using salt water - the exact conditions where vital food crops are not grown.
Energy conservation has become a key consideration as the earth's resources are depleting. The United Nations declared 2012 as the 'International Year of Sustainable Energy for All,' calling for governments, private companies, academic institutions, international organisations and local communities to join forces and develop low-to-zero carbon emission initiatives. In a fossil fuel dependant world, harnessing the clean fuel potential of by-products such as glycerine, tallow and used cooking oil has never been more important. Aquafuel technology is making clean fuel combustion a reality, enabling energy-intensive industries to become net producers of power.
Aquafuel Research was formed to develop new technologies and techniques to help companies to reduce their energy costs, unlock new revenues and to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Aquafuel is a venture-backed UK company with a set of patented technologies for renewable combined heat and power (CHP). It has a number of commercial CHP projects in development, the first of which started running in 2010. Investors include EEA, an environmental investment firm with over $1.7bn under management. http://www.aquafuelresearch.com/
(1) NOx emissions measure 20 mg/m3 and particulate emission is near zero at 0.93 mg/m3, compared with 20 mg/m3 diesel particulate and 215 mg/m3 diesel NOx, using the same standard catalyst abatement equipment.