Developing impurity-removing technologies to refine biofuel products from animal fats and vegetable oils
Oil & Gas SME
Downstream Oil & Gas
The client, a European oil refiner, wanted to expand their supplies of non-fossil fuel feedstocks by developing the capability to process dirtier animal fats and vegetable oils, such as wastes and residues. This initiative was also driven by the EU’s decision to phase out the processing of fresh vegetable oils into biofuels by 2030, and the increasing global demand for waste fats and oils to use as feedstocks for biofuels. One of the challenges in processing of these types of raw materials involves the efficient removal of impurities such as nitrogen and phosphorus.
The client needed assistance in scouting for commercialisation partners who possessed a suitable technology portfolio with whom they can enter into a long-term collaboration to further develop and commercialise their waste fat and oil processing technologies.
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CamIn created a technology landscape that described the most recent technological advances related to the removal of phosphorus- and nitrogen-based impurities from fats and oils, identifying the most suitable approaches. Through additional levels of due-diligence, CamIn’s diverse team of 4 technology and industry experts identified several promising research areas in this field. CamIn also identified current developments in the field across different industries, to assure the full scope of the search and to confirm the current state-of-the-art.
CamIn then selected most suitable candidates (individuals, research groups, and companies) from the areas identified in the technology landscape and affiliated areas across multiple TRLs. The selected candidates where then investigated further in greater detail to ensure their solutions were suitability for our client’s specific application. The assessment criteria included previous work in this field and the industry, relevant publications, past collaborations, and other track record.