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Johnson Matthey biodiesel technology wins IChemE Sustainable Technology Award

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Johnson Matthey Davey Technologies is behind a new development involving reactive distillation for biodiesel production, which was recognized at the annual Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Awards last week. The awards provide a platform to recognize and reward chemical engineering innovation and excellence in the UK.

The new technology produces biodiesel, a clean burning fuel that can be used in place of regular diesel in cars, trucks and other vehicles. This benefits not only customers, by converting low cost waste oils (like used cooking oils) into high grade usable fuel, but also for the environment as it transforms a usually hard to dispose of byproduct into a sustainable clean product.

It is also important to highlight that the technology does not use vegetable oil, which is in high demand for global food production. Michael Winter, Technology Manager, commented: “It is these differences that make this technology a really valuable, attractive and sustainable option for our customers and being recognized in this way is a great achievement for everyone involved”.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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