LIFE+ EDUCO: Collection System of Used Cooking Oils in Educative Centers and Biodiesel Production
Entitat financiadora European Commission
Investigadors responsables Eng. Raul Garcia & Dr. Carles M. Gasol
Resum The main objective of this project is to design and construct a pilot plant for the treatment of collected used cooking oils (UCO), which will then be used in a pilot plant for biodiesel production by cavitation technology. This pilot plant, which is already under construction and has been designed to produce biodiesel using vegetable oils as raw materials, will be adapted and optimized during this project to enable the use of UCO. To improve the recovery of UCO will also be an important aspect of the project. The project focuses on the priority of Environment Policy and Governance of 2012 LIFE+ call and more specifically, on the Waste and natural resources theme. It is an innovation and demonstration project as it will develop and demonstrate a collection system of used cooking oils in education centers and biodiesel production tests with cavitation technology, according to the criteria established in the Göteborg strategy, where sustainable development is of the utmost importance, the EDUCO project demonstrates this thought the recycling of UCO and the use of produced biodiesel in the collection vans thereby ensuring an overall sustainable system and project. The project aims to develop and implement a pilot-scale system based on innovative technologies to test the feasibility of the treatment process for UCO collected in schools, the cleaning process of containers used in the collection as well as the subsequent production of biodiesel by cavitation. Additionally, the project represents a special contribution to the implementation and enforcement of existing European policies and legislation related to waste management and production and consumption of renewable energy. Currently, one of the most problematic issues that influence the production of biodiesel is the availability of raw materials at a reasonable cost to ensure the viability of the production of this biofuel. The present project would contribute to the resolution of this problem. Schools will be the pathway through which UCO will be collected, where the concept of waste recycling and renewable energy production will be joined to educative and social values. UCO are residues generated from the use of vegetable oils in continuous and repeated cycles of cooking foods at temperatures comprised of between 100° and 180°. Traditionally, they were reused as raw materials for production for animal food and soap production. However, since the prohibition of using them in the animal food prod
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