Out of the frying pan and into the truck

Restaurant owner uses old cooking oil and chicken fat to produce biodiesel fuel

Roy de Gouveia has owned various restaurants in the Western Cape, including Wakame, Wasabi and Salushi. In 2009, he began collecting waste cooking oil from up to 150 restaurants and chicken fat from Pick ‘n Pay rotisseries for conversion into biodiesel using the Jet Reactor patented by Org Nieuwoudt.

The fuel has a minimal impact on the environment because it is non-toxic, has a higher flashpoint than mineral diesel so it is safer to handle and reduces exhaust emissions. Four hundred litres of biodiesel substituted for mineral diesel reduces carbon dioxide emissions by one ton.

The first company to use Biogreen diesel blended with mineral diesel was Cape Concrete in its trucks delivering concrete for building the Green Point stadium. By using a 20% blend of biodiesel in their delivery trucks, Pick ‘n Pay and Spar will save about 1 500 tons of carbon emissions over the next year in the Western Cape alone.

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South African invented Jet Reactor uses fewer chemicals and less electricity than traditional production methods and is perfect for franchising the process

The production process involves the reaction of natural oils with an alcohol and the mixture is then refined to create molecules that can be easily burned in a diesel engine in a pure o blended form. It will not adversely affect the engine and can in fact improve its operation. A by-product of the process is glycerine which can be used in personal care products or other chemical applications.

The Jet Reactor is compact and self-contained and is very suitable for an entrepreneur to set up a biodiesel production facility as a franchise operation.