Frequently Asked Questions
There are three things that when taken together make PHE unique:
- A patent-pending technology to more efficiently convert fats and oils into biodiesel.
- A commitment to use feedstocks that do not directly compete with food production.
- A commitment to come alongside community and church leaders to find ways to use renewable energy as an economic and social development platform.
Point Hope Energy supports sustainability that is driven in each of these areas:
- Social - conducting business responsibly, with integrity, and with a genuine concern for the well-being of people.
- Economic - producing products and services in a manner that maximizes the long-term viability of the organization.
- Environmental - using natural resources in a way that the following generations would be proud of.
Point Hope Energy views the nine sustainability principles adopted by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) as an excellent starting point. The NBB principles have many similarities to the work done by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB). The RSB has produced a more comprehensive document titled Global Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Biofuels Production.
Contact us to find out more about how Point Hope Energy solid catalyst process technology directly supports sustainability.
Currently, nearly all biodiesel is produced using liquid acid and/or base catalysts. Liquid catalysts become part of the waste stream and contaminate the glycerin byproduct. The Point Hope Energy solid catalyst stays in the reactor, yielding a much more valuable high-purity glycerin. Since the solid catalyst converts both triglycerides and free fatty acids, the Point Hope Energy technology can process a broad range of waste and recylced oil feedstocks.
Point Hope Energy has developed a heterogeneous (solid) catalyst that can produce biodiesel from waste and recycled oils and fats (with any mix of free fatty acids and triglycerides) in a single process operation in the presence of water and at relatively low temperatures.