Transforming wastewater into valuable feedstock for the production of high-quality biodiesel at Argent
The latest Eco Clarity Waste Conversion Hub has been set up in the UK, at Argent’s site in Stanlow, Ellesmere Port. Eco Clarity is focused on revolutionising the way wastewater is handled by turning the process from one of disposal, into one of conversion into effectively clean water, by filtering out beneficial oil residues which can then go on to be used as raw material for the production of biodiesel.
How Eco-Clarity works
Eco-Clarity has created a patented technology solution that easily collects and separates fat, oils and grease (FOG) from waste water through an efficient and fully automatic hub system made up of three scalable containers.
The system enables FOG to be separated before it enters the water system and becomes problematic. The cleaned water is then being reused or safely returned to the waste stream. In turn, the successfully separated FOG becomes a sustainable raw material that can be used to produce second-generation biodiesel.
A standard Eco Clarity hub can handle 10 tonnes of FOG containing waste water in 10 minutes, which can then go on to be separated and harvested within 30 minutes. The hub’s efficient system currently uses just 25% of the energy typically used in similar processes, with temperatures never exceeding 60 degrees to ensure a low energy consumption.
Valuable feedstock results
The oil recovered goes up from 5% to 98% concentration after going through the Eco Clarity system, turning it into a desirable raw material for biodiesel production.
Eco Clarity is transforming the wastewater disposal process by extracting a valuable raw material whilst improving the water quality that is being disposed of.
Production at argent
The first tonnes of biodiesel made from the FOG from the EcoClarity hub has been produced. By turning the feedstock into second-generation biodiesel, a sustainable alternative to fossil fuel, this material will go on to reduce GHG emissions by around 90%, having a direct impact on the world’s carbon footprint.
Argent always aims to accept a wide range of highly de-graded waste fats, oils and greases to give them a new purpose as high quality biodiesel to help towards the decarbonisation of transport, among other industries.
Through Eco Clarity and Argent Energy, valuable renewable resources have been created from materials that may otherwise have ended up discarded.