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Demonstration of new, challenging and high FFA waste oil and fat feedstock in biodiesel process with improved costs, conversion and high fuel quality


BioDie2020 will recover unconventional, degraded waste oils & fats, notably from Water Company infrastructures, and demonstrate the conversion of these wastes as a sustainable feedstock for biodiesel production. This break-through & beneficial pathway will maximise the use of waste oils & fats on a large scale for the 1st time on the biodiesel market, leading to lower transport carbon emissions. BioDie2020 FTI combines 5 top EU players in an agile & direct value-chain, working on this industry-wide milestone which will improve costs & conversion, achieving high fuel quality. Project coordinator Argent (UK, INDUS), a forward-thinking biofuel leader, will thus demonstrate biodiesel production in a closed-loop business model. 2 key process improvements will go from TRL6 to 7 at Argent’s biodiesel plant (site at Stanlow, UK): i) biofuel technology provider BDI (Austria, SME) will deliver Sulphur reduction in the biodiesel process; ii) microwave technology provider LJMU (UK, Uni) will integrate their bespoke microwave unit to improve pre-treatment of challenging feedstocks. Stagecoach (UK, INDUS), a leading EU captive bus fleet service provider, will perform field trials of final biodiesel. Quantis (France, SME), an ambitious EU SME will perform LCA & LCC analysis of the overall process, ensuring sustainability objectives are achieved. BioDie2020 partners own IP on each technical brick, giving pathways to market & business opportunities. Argent will save ~€5 million/year on feedstock costs, improving ROIC from 12% to 18% by 2019. Demo of BDI’s new process will confer a competitive edge on the retrofit market, giving them a ~25% sales increase by 2020. BioDie2020 will deliver 17 direct jobs and ~100 indirect jobs created or sustained in the EU by 2020. Argent’s ultimate aim is to invest in biofuel deployment via this reproducible waste-to-biodiesel plant (embedded in a closed-loop business model) with market replication by 2020 via commissioning or acquisition & retrofit.

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Net EU contribution
€ 829 412,50
United Kingdom

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Scotland West Central Scotland North Lanarkshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 1 184 875,00

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