Broad feedstock options
The ET Process® accepts a broad array of oil/fatty acid sources and alcohols.
Oil sources: Any natural oil is applicable, be it from a plant or animal. Algae oil and waste grease are also acceptable. The process does not restrict feedstock based on free fatty acid content.
Alcohol: Any primary or secondary alcohol is acceptable for use in the ET Process®. When fatty alcohols or branched alcohols are used, products with specialized functions/properties can be created just as easily as biodiesel.
Improvement of oleochemical raw material production
The ET Process® can be used to make upstream production of oleochemicals more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The diagram below shows why it can replace conventional methods for glycerol and fatty ester production. The new approach may not only significantly reduce energy consumption and capital investment but also eliminate environmental issues, such as industrial wastewater and chemical waste management.
Recovery of natural extracts
Natural oils contain valuable phytonutrients and other extracts that cannot be obtained through a conventional biodiesel process due to the chemicals or high temperatures that are typically involved. These natural extracts have broad significant applications in health supplements, food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetic ingredients and industrial chemicals, e.g., UV absorbent. Furthermore, although these natural extracts can be synthesized, there is a difference in the bioactivity of natural vs. synthetic products, with the latter at times not being as effective as its natural counterparts. The ET Process® offers a way of preserving these valuable extracts, thus increasing the sustainability of the client's business.