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January 22, 2013

Green Energy: Towards Economic Independence with Biodiesel

Since 1973, Dr. Christian Koch tries to make unlimited which by definition is limited to: heavy oil. And through a hydrogenation process and a catalyst for more "mundane" he managed, from bio-mass, surpass the million years of natural process to make biodiesel. The inventor present his "innovation" tomorrow at the University of Mauritius. This is St Aubin will be installed as the first production of biodiesel.

We were on the planet, 6 billion in 2000. We are 8 billion to date. And in 2050, certainly the earth will live more than 10 billion people. What to expect for 2100? "27 billion" according to Dr. Christian Koch, then we "still does not abandon the heavy oil." He found a way around the problem and would like to benefit Maurice.

Dr. Christian Koch is an inventor, in strict Germanic tradition. He graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1964 and eleven years later, earned his doctorate at Erlagen. From 1973 to 1984, he offered his services to KWU Erlagen V94, Siemens Power Generation Group, in the development of chemical systems, research in fuel conversion in the gasification process and use of novel, among others. From 1984 to 2003, he continued to refine his knowledge in the catalysts. Any expertise that led in 2003 to found the GmbH Alphakat "Friktionsturbinen-Verölungstechnik" - KDV process for the conversion of organic materials into fuel. A first unit will also KDV installed in St Aubin. The details of the operation will be developed tomorrow at the University of Mauritius.

KDV process - the inventor, which met at the Sofitel Mauritius, Flic-en-Flac, Friday can not untie his German accent and it is not always easy to follow in his explanations as it is to rigoueux explore with passion, every technical aspects of the project. And up detail some equations that would be difficult to popularize without using the shortcut.

Without much scientific rigor, that the thread of thought of Christian Koch. The problem of origin is as follows: how to produce fuel from organic matter? It will return to the base: how nature does she train for its oil? Simply put, it is the decomposition, sedimentation and hydrogenation of organic products - plants, animals, including - in the basement ground for millions of years (the geological time scale ). The mission of Christian Koch was therefore accelerate this process ...

150 liters per hour

Except that it is not as easy said than done. Hydrogéniser takes effort combustion can also be hazardous - or dirtier - than the drill itself. This is not always viable. The first innovation of Christian Koch is: have developed a system without pressure hydrogenation at low temperature, a "green process".

Second innovation is the development of a special catalyst agent to accelerate the conversion of biomass to diesel, while reducing emissions and sulfur.

Other innovations proposed by Alphakat a "revolution" by the doctor: the development of turbine components and systems to facilitate industrial use of the invention.

The pilot project, which will be located in St Aubin, consists of a unit that can produce up to 150 liters of biodiesel per hour. Biomass used is bagasse. The equity method is as follows: three pounds of bagasse for 1 liter of biodiesel, approximately. Other systems, operated in Poland and Australia, can produce 1000 liters per hour.

Why this green process is it not applied in the world? Dr. Koch did not hesitate to blame the oil lobbies substantially slow down the process. In the meantime, he said, "preferring to offer its expertise to small countries wishing to truly move towards economic independence." Stay tuned. Christian Koch lead a workshop tomorrow at the University of Mauritius.

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