Winthur turns used oil into bio-fuel

2015-09-03 06:00
Winthur Nell (right) from Jeffreys Bay runs a family business, J-Bay Bio-Fuels, that opened their doors in September last year. With him are his wife, Zelda, and Giovani Goeda.

Photo: 
MONIQUE BASSON

Winthur Nell (right) from Jeffreys Bay runs a family business, J-Bay Bio-Fuels, that opened their doors in September last year. With him are his wife, Zelda, and Giovani Goeda. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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IF YOU are thinking of throwing away that used cooking oil, think again! It could help you save on travelling costs.

This is because a businessman in the Kouga turns recycled cooking oil into bio-fuel.

Winthur Nell from Jeffreys Bay runs a family business, J-Bay Bio-Fuels, that opened their doors in September, last year. They specialise in the manufacturing of quality bio-diesel from used cooking oil which is bought mainly in Jeffreys Bay.

With more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, they have refined their process to provide a renewable fuel of exceptional quality - producing up to 25 000l of bio-diesel a month when in full production. They are currently producing 7 500l of bio-diesel per month, whereas they produced between 100l and 300l during their first month of operation. Their client-base includes couriers, businesses and LDV’s such as PoliClinic, Casino Royale, Nina’s and Just Water and Bayline Couriers.

“Bio-diesel can be used in existing diesel engines - no conversion is needed. It is as bio-degradable as sugar and is essentially free of sulphur, resulting in cleaner engine oil but not compromising on the lubricity of the bio-diesel, thus reducing engine wear and improving component life. Bio-diesel also combusts more fully in your engine providing you with a smoother ride,” says Nell.

“The fuel consumption, power output, ignition and engine torque when using our bio-diesel, is practically identical to petroleum diesel fuel. But don’t just take my word for it.”

Bio-diesel can be used 100% (B100) or in blends with petroleum diesel fuel.

“A user can switch between bio-diesel and petroleum diesel whenever needed or desired, without any modification. This does not restrict bio-diesel users from travelling to destinations where bio-diesel may not be available,” says Nell.

According to Nell, bio-diesel reduces emissions of carcinogenic compounds as much as 85% compared to petroleum diesel. It also provides significantly reduced emissions of carbon monoxide, particulate matter (black smoke), unburned hydrocarbons (compounds which contribute to localised formation of smog) and sulphates compared to petroleum diesel fuel.

“A by-product of the manufacturing process is glycerol. This is used to manufacture bars of industrial soap. The soap can be used for heavy duty cleaning – removing stains on clothing, cleaning oil and general purpose cleaning,” says Nell.

The family man is proud that his business venture not only produces eco-friendly diesel, but it also contributes to job creation and an extra income for entrepreneurs. “We mainly get our oil from restaurants in Jeffreys Bay, but smaller shops and individuals are also welcome to bring their used cooking oil to us. The only condition is that it must be strained,” says Nell.

According to Nell, his long term vision is to enable community members to start their own bio-fuel plant.

. Bio-diesel is a clean burning renewable fuel that is made from natural vegetable oils and fats. It is manufactured through a chemical process which splits oils and fats of natural origin into bio-diesel, which it is then refined through a series of processes. Bio-diesel is not vegetable oil with “special additives” to make it run better in diesel engines.

Bio-Diesel is naturally non-toxic, being derived from vegetable oils. The acute oral lethal dose (LD50) of bio-diesel is more than 17,4g/kg. This makes table salt (NaCl) with a LD50 of 3,0g/kg almost six times more toxic than bio-diesel

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