We have over 15 years of experience in biofuel research, development and marketing throughout the world. The company selects the most suitable biofuels for the market and adds them to gasoline and diesel in the highest proportion permitted by the legislation of each country. In 2010, we marketed 1.2 million metric tons of biodiesel (FAME) in diesel and 273,000 metric tons of bioethanol equivalent in gasoline.
Our experience, and the impetus from the creation of the New Energies business unit have enabled us to launch our second-generation biofuel production business. We created the company KUOSOL in partnership with the Mexican KUO group, which will engage in the development of bioenergy from the cultivation of Jatropha curcas, an oleaginous plant with a high non-edible oil content.
Our biofuels strategy includes significant research efforts from our Technology Center, in collaboration with companies, universities, R&D centers and governments, to develop more sustainable biofuels.
- The unique strategic project on the coprocessing of vegetable oilsin refinery units to produce biofuels, is an initiative that seeks a complementary and novel alternative for incorporating new biofuels into conventional fuels. Industrial testing has been carried out in the Spanish refineries of Puertollano (2009) and Cartagena (2010), obtaining a renewable product through the hydrotreatment of vegetable oils, a "green diesel", with excellent properties: high cetane, low density and little sulfur. Furthermore, the co-product of this process is biopropane, a gas with identical characteristics to propane but 100% renewable.
- We are leading studies to develop biofuels from algae one of the means of renewable-energy production that is raising most expectations, since it does not interfere with food crops. Particularly noteworthy is the work being carried out as part of the CENIT project SOST-CO2. We also have a 20% holding in AlgaEnergy, a leading company in microalgae research, which will complement and strengthen us.
- The general objective of the EULAFUEL project is to improve production of the Euphorbia lathyris plant, as well as to study the technical and financial viability of using this plant in the generation of new biofuels and bioenergy in general. This crop is not suitable for consumption and it can grow on marginal land with little need for water.
- The CENIT PIIBE project (Innovation Project for the Promotion of Biodiesel in Spain) 2006-2009 sought to develop new technologies in biofuels. The purpose of the project was to substantially reduce the production costs of biodiesel, a product of strategic interest in Spain, thereby increasing the availability of local raw materials that help to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions and to diversify energy sources, reducing our dependence on oil.
1 April 2011