Biodiesel (B100):  The production of diesel-based fuels from plant-based oils (soy, corn, coconut, palm, canola, etc.), animal-based oils (chicken, beef, etc.), aquatic based oils (fish, krill, algae) and recyclable sources (used cooking oils, food processing, etc.).  Regardless of oil source, the manufacturing processes for conversion to fuel grade biodiesel are consistent from small scale oil recovery plants to refinery scale production.  The multi-step conversion processes are uniquely monitored and controlled by OP-NMR leading to production efficiency , production, and product quality gains.

Example Companies:  Northeast Biodiesel, Marathon, ADM

Biodiesel Blending:  The process of quantitative blending of various B100 levels in conventional crude oil road, off-road, heating and fuel oils to meet manufacturer and regulatory specifications.  OP-NMR accurately and rapidly quantifies B100 blend levels independent of both B100 and conventional fuel sources.

Example Companies:  Terminal Operations and Distributors, U.S. State and Federal Regulators, EU Regulators.

Ethanol Based Fuels:  OP-NMR quantitively measures ethanol content in conventional gasoline blends from 0% to 100% ethanol as well as measuring key Ethanol Fuel certification parameters (i.e. octane, density, distillation, etc.).  Further, OP-NMR is directly applicable for measurement and control of ethanol fuels biomass waste conversion to renewable fuels (gasoline, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Diesel, lubricant base stocks).

Example Companies:  CHS, ADM, EPA.

Renewable Fuels:  A wide range of process technologies integral in conversion of waste sources (gases, landfill organics, waste plastics, biomass, used tires, coal) to useable fuels such as gasoline, kero/jet, diesel and gas oils.  OP-NMR is uniquely optimal for process control and product quality regardless of feed source and/or processes (gasification, thermal cracking, Fisher-Tropsch, hydrocracking/treating, reforming and isomerization.

Example Companies:  Lummus Technologies, Diamond Green, Emerging Fuels Technology.

Hydro-diesel: Creating clean, low emission fuel technologies that reduce operating costs and improve thermal efficiency.

Additional opportunity – Li Extraction: New processes for direct lithium extraction enable environmentally clean recovery and concentration of lithium (ppm to 90+%) from numerous aqueous sources (subterranean, lakes, aquifers, oceans).  The increased NMR sensitivity gained with the 😯 MHz system will increase the detection accuracy and speed of analysis at low starting initial starting concentrations (< 8 ppm) as well as improve overall Li concentration measurement performance across all concentration stages in the extraction.

Most of the applications of OP-NMR will be an expansion of the OP-NMR product line to include products that will be integrated into “skid-based” processes.

These process industries thus have insufficient data leading to a lack of operational visibility like driving with a blind.

Coupled with a turbulent business environment, feedstock inconsistency, demand variability, and an increase in regulatory demands, they continuously fail to improve their sustainability, and face shrinking margins.

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