|Project:||Introducing ethanol based biodiesel production in Mali|
|Implementation:||Mali Biocarburant SA|
This project combines innovative small-scale ethanol drying with biodiesel production. The Malian company Mali Biocarburant, located in Koulikoro, presently uses imported methanol in their biodiesel production process. The alternative for methanol is ethanol, which is produced in the Malian sugar industry. This ethanol is much cheaper and is of biological origin, and thus "greener" than the (fossil) methanol. However, the locally available ethanol still contains some 4% of water, and needs to be upgraded to at least 99.5% purity before it can be used for biodiesel production.
The objective of the project is the installation of a small scale ethanol drying unit, and the use of this ethanol for the production of FAEE (Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters).