The BioCube™ is a self-contained, community-sized biodiesel mini-refinery engineered within a specially modified 20’ sea container. It weighs approximately 3.9 tons dry and is easily transported by road, rail, sea and air (we recently flew a machine to Africa for a customer there). It can operate independently from the electricity grid and converts a wide variety of feedstock vegetable oils to useable biodiesel. Where feedstock quality permits it can produce biodiesel consistent with ASTM D6751 standards for direct use in any modern diesel engine.
The BioCube creates a finely-tuned transesterification reaction, including methanol vacuum separation and recovery, filtration and polishing, in a semi-automated process that will produce consistently high quality biodiesel. If required, a pre-esterification process is employed to reduce high fatty acid content of the feedstock oil.
The BioCube™ is designed to robust marine engineering standards to last for 20 years or more in harsh tropical conditions. Subject to proper usage and maintenance, it will run for a minimum of five years between overhauls. It can be operated by semi-skilled labour after a short training programme.
The BioCube will process biodiesel at a rate of >250 litres per hour.
Tailor-made programming technology delivered through a visualised touch screen interface makes operation of the BioCube easy.
The BioCube™ can run on the biodiesel it produces, consuming approximately 3% of its production, so there is maximum energy conversion from sustainable sources and minimal carbon emission. It can also run on electricity from the grid.
The by-products it produces are glycerin and mulch. These are valuable commodities for use in anaerobic digesters or as a combustion fuel or fertilizer. There is no wastage from the BioCube.
It truly is a green machine.