Hielscher Ultrasonics Biodiesel Mixing Reactors
Available from Hielscher Ultrasonics GmbH
Hielscher offers ultrasonic mixing reactors for the production of biodiesel at any scale. The ultrasonic mixing improves mass transfer and reaction kinetics leading to faster transesterification and higher yield. It saves excess methanol and catalyst.
Ultrasonic reactors are recommended for production capacities of 0.25ton (80 gal) per hour or more. Hielscher offers ultrasonic reactors of an individual capacity of up to 16ton/hr (5100 gal/hr). In general you should consider using three to five units in parallel to accommodate variations in production rates.
Lower Material Costs and Boost Biodiesel Yield
Ultrasonic emulsification uses cavitational shear of ultrasonic homogenizersExcess methanol and catalyst are significant cost factors in biodiesel production. Hielscher ultrasonic reactors add cavitational shear to the mixing process. This gives you much smaller methanol droplets resulting in improved methanol and catalyst utilization. Therefore, less methanol and catalyst are required. In addition to that, the cavitation influences the reaction kinetics, leading to faster and more complete transesterification.