The wave evolution of biofuels

by Erasmo Carlos Battistella

I would like to share and reinforce some concepts about biofuels, which are relevant for an analysis and discussion about this type of fuel in the composition of the most sustainable energy matrix – target of many countries.

Biofuels are made from renewable biomass that can replace, partially or totally, petroleum fuel and natural gas in combustion engines or other types of power generation.

Sustainable and important source for the economy

Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable and sustainable source of energy. It generates jobs and income in a long agricultural chain and continues to promote the economy in all stages up to distribution. In countries where it is used, dependence on fossil fuel imports is reduced and, consequently, ends up expanding food production.

Regarding biofuels, I consider that we are at the peak of the first wave, with ethanol and biodiesel as protagonists. Our business group recently announced a new challenge involving the most advanced products in biotechnology that are part of the second wave.

HVO (hydrogen treated vegetable oil) and SPK (synthetic paraffinic kerosene, used in combination with aviation kerosene) are sustainability solutions for a planet that must reduce its CO2 emissions in all forms of transport. They are advanced biofuels and represent an important step in the search for sustainable fuel for the 21st century world.

New: Naphtha Omega Green

Another novelty of the Omega Green plant is naphtha, blocked by hydrotreating fats and oils (with the application of hydrogen and catalysts). It has a higher energy density than ethanol, making it suitable for use in the gasoline mixture, including for racing cars.

In addition to being a new response to the demand for sustainable urban mobility, it can also be used as a raw material for the production of green plastic. This is very important to position this product as a solution in the petrochemical segment.

We will detail this scenario in future articles

As I said before, we will lead this debate on green biofuels, which can greatly reduce the emission of pollution, contributing to the fight against global warming. Let’s get to know the most advanced bioenergy to build a better and more sustainable world.

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adelchi colnaghi 10 de July de 2020 - 14:30

esclarecedor e informativo!

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