NARICT has developed the process technologies for Biodiesel Production from Jatropha, Production of Furfural
from corn cobs and Deodorization of Dual-Purpose Kerosene (DPK).
THE BIOFUEL PROJECT
The essence of this project is to search for a viable alternative to hydrocarbon-based fuel. In the face
of global warming, there is need for fuel that contributes towards a sustainable environment.
NARICT has successfully produced biodiesel from Jatropha seeds.
Importance of Bio-fuels
No emission of sulphur - containing compounds.
Do not cause a lasting damage to the environment.
Reduce emission of greenhouse gases.
Furfural production is a Waste - to - Wealth Project undertaken by NARICT. It is obtained by hydrolysing
hemi-cellulosic materials in corn cobs - an agricultural waste.
Furfural is used in the petroleum industry to remove colour, improve stability and increase the viscosity index
of lube oil.
It also removes odour from Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) and thus makes DPK
a cheap solvent for application in varnishes, aerosol and paint industries.
Production of Furfural and Its Application in Deodorization of Kerosene.
Establishment of pilot plants for both functional extraction and deodorization of kerosene.
Technology transfer to entrepreneurs
Abundant locally available raw material
Conversion of waste to wealth