Biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are produced from the conventional or lignocellulose feedstock and biofuels additives are often necessary components. Sugar and corn are the most prominent feedstocks for ethanol, while animal fats, waste vegetable oil, soybean and other plant oils, are the most prominent for biodiesel. There is a great deal of research going on with respect to new feedstocks such as algae, and the future looks promising. With the increase in worldwide consumption of biofuels, there are still some difficulties in high fuel foaming, injector deposits & corrosions, and low oxidation stability. Biofuel additives are specialty chemicals that are specifically added to decrease these issues, and thus, the worldwide market for biofuel additives is vast.
The global fuel additives market is expected to reach an estimated value of $7.8 billion by 2023. The major drivers of the fuel additives are growing fuel demand, growing awareness among users regarding the benefits of fuel additives, demand of high fuel efficiency, and stringent regulations and emission standards adopted by various countries. There are salient reasons for a fuel companies to use additives in fuel. These, in particular, are: to improve handling properties and stability of the fuel, to improve combustion properties of the fuel, to reduce emissions from fuel combustion, to provide engine protection and cleanliness, to increase in the economic use of the fuel or to establish or enhance the brand image of the fuel.
Biofuels additives are a formulation/ mixture of certain performance enhancing chemical compounds. The chemistry and dosage of these individual compounds in the fuel-additive product determine how good or poor an additive is. There are very few fuel-additive technology developers (Innospec, Afton Corporation, Lubrizol, ExxonMobil) but a number of fuel additive companies who source these individual compounds and package them as a finished fuel additive product in the fuel additive industry.
For a major fuel business, the approach is to identify major fuel-improvement compounds and develop a proprietary fuel-additive formulation and set up a robust supply chain management involving acquisition of goods and services at the best possible price, in the right quantity and at the right time. It’s here where an expert can help. Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like have experts in biofuels and renewable fuels, biomaterials, biomass and biomass power, bio technologies, and feedstocks, like agricultural waste, algae, biogas, co2, construction waste, cooking oils, energy crops, fermentation waste, forest products, glycerin, hemp, lignin, municipal solid waste (MSW), palm waste, railroad ties, sludge, solid recovered fuels and wood waste.
A biofuels expert is quite often an expert in biofuels additives also. These experts assist clients/investors in selecting the best technology and feedstock, and often in doing the necessary due diligence and technoeconomic analysis to make certain the project is at a maximum both technically and economically. Experienced biofuels experts can assist in overseeing construction and in commissioning the new or refurbished plants. These experts can assist in selection of the best biofuels additives and help new facilities with training, start-up assistance and recipe management. In matters involving biofuels litigation, the consultant may serve an expert witness and assist the attorneys with understanding the processes and related technical issues and may testify in court about biofuels technology, feedstocks, economics and related matters.
The experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting Inc. includes scientists, engineers and experts with years of experience in area of fuel-additives development. Our knowledge in fuel additives spans catalysis and green chemistry principles that are employed to devise specialty fuel catalysts and improvers for fuel saving and GHG emission cut targets. We are well-versed in chemistry of detergent dispersants, cetane and lubricity improvers, octane, antioxidants and antioxidants. Take a look at our experts and the services we provide and you will see that we have just the right expert for any clean energy project. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information.