Friday, April 27, 2012

Tequila And BioFuel Breakthrough

The tequila industry is one of the most profitable in Mexico, but during the preparation of this waste is produced mezcal available and is difficult to find how to make a challenge.

In this regard, the company Carbon Diversion Latin America has a technology able to convert various biomass in a renewable energy source and has started with the agave.

Agave plant
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Credit: Wikipedia

According to the engineer Francis Xavier Pérez-Villaseñor Verdia, CEO of the company, the process required to receive waste from the tequila industry, which will be squeezed, crushed and dried until a moisture level below 12 percent. Then be milled and subjected to a compression process or densified with the aim of converting them into briquettes (cylinder diameter of 10 centimeters with a length varying from 3 to 30 centimeters).

He added that in 2012 the company also manufactured pellets (small cylinder) of this biomass biofuel, which will have 2.5 centimeters long and five millimeters in diameter.

Perez-Verdia Villaseñor said both briquettes and pellets can be manufactured from various types of waste such as bagasse from sugar cane, coir, bone handle, peel fruit and nuts and lily of Chapala which is considered a pest in water bodies, among others.

He indicated that this fuel has a calorific value than pine, as in the case of agave is four thousand 192 kilocalories per kilogram, much higher than that obtained from other raw materials used in the manufacture of briquettes and pellets in countries like the U.S. and Canada.

Noted that trying to introduce this fuel in industries that require heat in their production cycle. In particular, they want to replace fuel oil now used in the tequila during cooking of the agave and tequila production. This analysis aims to invite you to be sustainable companies use to give their own waste.

However, the briquettes will be useful throughout the Mexican industry, including candy or soft drink industry, to name a few. As for pellets, said that can replace natural gas in hotels, hospitals and restaurants, as is done today in developed countries.

On the other hand, the manager of the company acknowledged that its biofuel Jalisco is considered carbon neutral, as far as emissions are concerned, because it is a residue that contributes more greenhouse gases when burned than himself bagasse generate to decompose naturally as it has done in recent centuries.

It also has the benefit that is a homogeneous biofuel, provided with a moisture content below 15 percent, allowing a perfect combustion and carbon dioxide emissions minimal.

In fact, said that the production of this fuel helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions, then treats difficult waste disposal, with benefits that exceed those obtained in traditional composting, which is a long process (six to seven months) and costs that pays off.

The manufacture of briquettes and pellets made from bagasse and agave leaf Carbon Diversion earned first place in Latin America in Mexico 2011 Cleantech Challenge, a competition that recognizes and supports companies in the country green.

To tell Verdía Perez-Villasenor, this recognition means that in the short term, replicate the energy conversion plant in closed loop throughout Mexico, similar to the pilot located in Amatitán, Jalisco, and is operated by the company Coal and Energy Transformation.


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