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    Re: Foolproof Room Temperature (FRT) Biodiesel

    1. Methanol is not toxic in the quantities in which one breathes using this method. It appears you have been misled.

    2. No, to dry the methoxide solution, thus increasing the concentration of...
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    Re: Foolproof Room Temperature (FRT) Biodiesel

    Why wouldn't you do it? Because you don't have to. With this method the requirement for it has been eliminated, as the concentration of FFAs is inconsequential. Perhaps you enjoy wasting your time,...
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    Re: Foolproof Room Temperature (FRT) Biodiesel

    Yes that's probably a fair point. I've heard it said that nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious
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  4. A layman's guide to Le Chateleir's Principle

    The foundation of my Foolproof Room Temperature biodiesel method is Le Chateleir's principle. For me, as a chemist, it's a very simple and straightforward principle, but based on some of the...
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    Re: Fat fail

    Yes, sorry I didn't read it properly. My method eliminates both titrations and heating. I have two degrees in Chemistry and 30y experience in chemical manufacturing. Thus I make 1000L at a time in an...
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    Re: Foolproof Room Temperature (FRT) Biodiesel

    1. Yes - the drying agent is heterogenous. So if we consider the reaction MeOH + KOH <-> MeOK + H2O, the drying agent removes the water. This pulls the equilibrium to the right, thus consuming all...
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    Re: Dewatering WVO with petrol.

    Sorry you're right - didn't notice. It's deleted
  8. Re: Formation of soap during biodiesel manufacture

    Sure thing Tony. Happy to help

    1. Yes. KOH + MeOH <-> MeOK + H2O. One molecule of potassium hydroxide reacts with one molecule of methanol to form one molecule of potassium methoxide and one...
  9. Re: Formation of soap during biodiesel manufacture

    Sorry yes - glycerol formula corrected. Well spotted

    Ethanol, methanol, and glycerol are all very weak acids, as they are all alcohols. The only one of those that I've been able to find any data...
  10. Formation of soap during biodiesel manufacture

    The formation of soap during biodiesel manufacture is a common subject of discussion on this and other biofuels forums.

    Unfortunately, however, as this site has many armchair experts (one in ...
  11. Thread: Fat fail

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    Re: Fat fail

    One further thought on this. If you have an emulsion, a calcium salt may break it. It is of course known that calcium has a very high affinity for traditional soap, which is why synthetic detergents...
  12. Re: The chemistry of the glycerol (and soap) phase

    Correct. I didn't bother with the saponification process. I'm going to do that in a subsequent post devoted to the generation and fate of soap.

    The amount of water in clear, free-phase oil is...
  13. Re: Mazda Bravo / Ford Courier 2.5 Turbodiesel on WVO Blends

    It still has a pump. It's obviously a very different setup to the non-common rail engines, but it's still a pump. Funny thing is how quickly it failed. As soon as the fuel reached it, within about...
  14. Re: Mazda Bravo / Ford Courier 2.5 Turbodiesel on WVO Blends

    Well it depends what your blend is. Mine was SVO/Bio. If you are running ULP as part of your blend it'll probably act as a homogenous catalyst and help stuff burn off. Having said that it took some...
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    Re: Use for bio waste?

    Yes, could be. Well of course the glycerol would be highly alkaline, the same as the cement, so it'd probably blend in pretty well
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    Re: Use for bio waste?

    Sorry I don't understand the point you're making.
  17. Re: Mazda Bravo / Ford Courier 2.5 Turbodiesel on WVO Blends

    I had one of those - a 2007 model Mazda BT50. Be careful with running blends on those - I tried a 70% blend (70% WVO and 30% Bio) and it destroyed the IP.

    Up until that point I'd been running it...
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    Re: tank diesel bug question

    You didn't need to replace your tank - it could be cleaned out with caustic soda. But if you've replaced it, I wouldn't worry about the stuff in your lines. But a bit of petrol would take care of any...
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    Re: Use for bio waste?

    Bit hard to see how 20L in a truckload would make any difference
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    Re: Foolproof Room Temperature (FRT) Biodiesel

    Note - I have now published an article describing the chemistry of the glycerol and soap phases....
  21. Re: The chemistry of the glycerol (and soap) phase

    The reaction with the FFA is a simple acid-base reaction and is all but instantaneous. In years of teaching and doing analytical chemistry I've not encountered one occasion where an acid-base...
  22. The chemistry of the glycerol (and soap) phase

    When making biodiesel, we're mostly concerned with the biodiesel phase, and the thick black syrup is just this annoying stuff that we have to dispose of somehow.

    My method overturns this,...
  23. Thread: Fat fail

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    Re: Fat fail

    Hi John,

    Your problem is that you were using the wrong method. If you'd used my FRT method you wouldn't have had that problem, and of course you wouldn't have had to bother with a titration.

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    Re: Foolproof Room Temperature (FRT) Biodiesel

    Please note that my method has been updated:

    1. Extra videos have been added. In particular I have addressed the issue of waste disposal. One unexpected outcome of this method was a very low...
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    Foolproof Room Temperature (FRT) Biodiesel

    Some years ago I introduced the "Imisides Method" - a foolproof means of manufacturing biodiesel. In retrospect the use of my name was probably a little self-indulgent, but was done simply because...
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