domingo, 1 de abril de 2012

Biodiesel from used oil.

MEXICO CITY (El Universal). - Scientists at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) will produce biodiesel from used cooking oil in restaurants and stalls.

This project is intended to be used in vehicles or official tourist promotion is studied through the local oil generated during last year's Carnival in Merida.

The research led by Luis Diaz Ballote, a researcher within the Department of Applied Physics of CINVESTAV Unidad Merida also aims to prevent contamination of groundwater with oil Yucatan and generate awareness among the population for the care of the environment.

The researcher said that this project in collaboration with the city of Merida, biofuels could supply a bus tour to the historic center of Merida or use it in environmentally friendly vehicles for Unit CINVESTAV Merida.

Ballote explained that the plan of this project is that by 2013 in the Yucatecan capital flow and at least one vehicle fueled with biodiesel.

The project also works with the training of entrepreneurs
data on the types of oils, the ranges of variation of their physicochemical properties and the expected amounts so they can plan their processing plants successfully.

"These actions support the country in its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions and form high-level human resources with the scientific and technology to produce biofuels."


Cinvestav scientist said that with current technology at the laboratory, a liter of biodiesel is higher by almost double the price that traditional diesel, however, take into account that in Mexico the law to promote the production and use of biofuels began in 2008, costs are reduced as increasing the volume of production.

"In Brazil the law was enacted over 30 years and now the price of
Ethanol is comparable to gasoline, technological advances and volume production reduces the price, "said Diaz Ballote.
So far researchers have submitted projects to install a biodiesel plant with the capacity to process about five hundred gallons per day, which cost about two million pesos.

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