VISION & OBJECTIVES
PURTHANOL has been at the forefront of research & development for solutions to the problems of CO2 emissions and deforestation, which the United Nations has determined are the two main contributors to global warming. Over the past several years we have advanced our technologies and proprietary knowledge past the proof of concept stage and are presently in the process of commencing large scale production of both our ethanol and biodiesel divisions.
PURTHANOL Richmond’s mission is to provide useful products from disposed commodities. Waste fryer grease converted into a clean burning replacement for diesel (biodiesel) will be the first of several recycling processes. Expansion into the procurement of pure vegetable oil through the castor bean plant as a larger feedstock for biodiesel is the second project. Purthanol will manufacture biodiesel, renewable fuel from vegetable oils, at our Richmond, Qc, Canada, facility.
The biodiesel fuel we produce has the same performance features as that of conventional diesel, at a competitive price, but has the added benefit of being ecologically safe. Our biodiesel product will be sold locally, as well as exported, with the Richmond plant servicing eastern Canada and the US northeast. Our Richmond facility is already in production and we have existing sales contracts now.
Our core competence is production of renewable and environment friendly ethanol and biodiesel fuels. We intend to satisfy constantly growing demand for biofuels worldwide. We plan to expand production of biodiesel as soon as possible and to reach full plant capacity in 3 years
PURTHANOL also intend to find new ways to produce oils. The productions of lipids with yeast or fungi are cultivated in fermentors as an oil source for biodiesel. The work demonstrates a clear advantage of this method compared to culture microalgae in Photo-bioreactor. Oleaginous yeast and fungi were isolated and tested to produce lipids.A high lipid content (> 50% w / w biomass) was observed. So we went from autotrophic production bioreactors to heterotrophic production fermenters.Another unexpected benefit of this technology is that this production system uses crude glycerol by product of biodiesel production or sweet water by product of Purthanol Resources ethanol production as a carbon source.
The basis of this project is the use of by-product of the biodiesel or ethanol production (glycerol or sweet water) as a feedstock for the growth of yeasts and fungi. The value of these products are firstly that it contains carbon and, secondly that there are by-product production of biodiesel or ethanol. "We have a new and unique source of oil that will enable us at Purthanol the freedom of choice between used vegetable oil, cultivated plant oil and lipids."