Press Release: January 22, 2019

FYT Fuels, LLC

FYT Fuels and BioEnergy Fuels Join for New Glycerol Technology

BioEnergy Fuels (BEF) of Rapid City, SD has joined FYT Fuels LLC to develop funding sources for FYT’s new Glycerol Purification system. BEF’s executive team has extensive experience, both in funding renewable energy projects and in managing sustainable industrial and power generation enterprises.

John Hansen of BEF explained, “We were impressed with the sophistication and flexibility of FYT Fuel’s glycerol purification technology. In addition, the robust international growth projected in the glycerol market makes this a highly desirable investment, both in North America and in international markets.”

Larry Bruce of FYT Fuels described the reasoning behind the joint venture, “As a tech startup, we need the decades of experience that BEF offers. Both John Hansen and Ron Rebenitsch have the background and integrity to move our technology from the bench to commercialization smoothly and quickly. Trust was a primary issue in our choice or partners.”

Recent publications:

D. Bradley, E. Levin, C. Rodriguez, P. G. Williard, A. Stanton, A. M. SochaEquilibrium studies of canola oil transesterification using a sodium glyceroxide catalyst prepared from a biodiesel waste stream.
Fuel Processing Technology
Volume 146, 1 June 2016, Pages 70-75

Abstract:Crude glycerol is a low value by-product of the biodiesel industry, and its use as an alkaline catalyst component offers a cost-lowering strategy for sustainable fuel production. Sodium glyceroxide can be used to generate methoxide ions in situ, and the latter act as catalysts for the transesterification of triglycerides to fatty acid methyl esters (biodiesel, or FAMEs). Catalytic formulations of sodium glyceroxide were prepared from glycerol, methanol and NaOH, characterized by X-ray diffraction, and used for rapid transesterification of canola oil into biodiesel. The kinetics of the reaction using 6 and 9 M equivalents of methanol and 0.5 wt.% and 1.0 wt.% catalyst loading were studied by 1H NMR spectroscopy. Catalyst formulations prepared from crude glycerol performed transesterification reactions in methanol at a rate comparable to those observed for sodium hydroxide. Analogous to methoxide-catalyzed transesterifications, the reactions using glyceroxide appeared to be rate-limited by mass transfer. The relative viscosities of glyceroxide formulations prepared in methanol are also presented, and show an inverse correlation between viscosity and increasing concentration, a trend characteristic of ionic glycerol solutions.

It is with deep regret that FYT Fuels announces the unexpected passing of our former managing partner, Larry Sakin of Tucson, AZ in November, 2017. Larry succumbed to complications following a traffic accident. His contributions as a partner and friend will be missed.