Biodiesel, Plant Oil, Bioethanol
In the field of industrially produced first generation biofuels, BEST works on advanced technological issues in the production of vegetable oil, biodiesel and bioethanol. Above all, this research encompasses the use of innovative biodiesel processes with the application of novel raw materials such as Jatropha.
Within numerous projects, BEST is engaged in optimising the economic as well as ecological performance of advanced biodiesel technologies.
BEST undertakes a variety of activities in order to estimate the resource potential of solid biofuels as well as to assess the fuel with respect to technological, ecological and economic aspects.
In the field of raw material supply and logistics, BEST deals with the assessment, development and optimisation of the entire resource chain from the field or forest, to the storage of raw material or the end-user. The respective harvesting technology is evaluated particularly with respect to quality relevant aspects whereby new solutions are gathered for transport logistics.
In the field of solid biofuel designs, BEST is engaged in the targeted development of biofuels with particular characteristics achieved by resource pre-treatment, blending, additives and conditioning.
The processing steps for biofuel production such as drying, crushing, separation, conditioning and compacting (e.g. pelletizing) are continuously optimised and developed.
We continuously carry out analyses of a large variety of fuels and ashes. The identification of the technical characteristics of biofuel (e.g. calorific value, …) and element analyses thereby play a significant role.
The characterisation of the combustion behaviour of solid biofuels is another focal point of BEST. In this regard, we analyse the slagging affinity and the emission characteristics of harmful gaseous and corrosive compounds. In this context we also test the utilisation of new materials for individual device components.
BEST actively works on the promotion and development of national and international standardisation activities.
Through the improvement of the utilisation aspects of biofuels, BEST examines the possibilities and processes for the re-use of residue from biomass combustion such as technologies for the recovery of biomass ashes in the agriculture and forestry industries.