KMPS has over 15 years’ experience designing and constructing modular process systems for the Biodiesel Industry. We have successfully supplied numerous recovery and purification systems for the following applications: product purification, methanol recovery and waste water stripping.

KMPS is presently constructing/commissioning two biodiesel vacuum distillation systems designed to produce ultra-low glyceride content B-100.
KMPS recovery and purification systems are modularly constructed, complete with all the equipment and associated process and utility piping, valves, instrumentation and controls installed in structural steel frames. These systems are provided on a lump sum, fixed price basis and fabricated in a controlled off-site environment, resulting in benefits including reduced project schedule, lower total installed cost and minimization of plant site safety risks. All systems are provided with materials and workmanship and process performance warranties.

BIODIESEL SERVICES
Biodiesel Purification Methanol Recovery
Methyl Ester Purification Methanol Scrubbing
Biofuel Refining Glycerin Separation
Pilot Plant Testing

Biodiesel: Process Applications

KMPS expertise in chemical process design, particularly the design of deep vacuum distillation systems processing thermally sensitive products has made KMPS a leader in the Biodiesel Purification Industry. Our expertise includes the development of process simulation models, design of low pressure drop heat exchangers and distillation column internals, selection of vacuum systems, process control strategies and the detailed design and construction of fully integrated modular purification and recovery systems.

KMPS has performed extensive proof of concept pilot testing. These tests, performed at our Houston, Texas Pilot Plant development facility, are based upon actual feedstocks provided by our clients. Please refer to the following Process Flow Diagram summarizing KMPS’ areas of biodiesel expertise:

Biodiesel: Methyl Ester Purification and Methanol Recovery Systems

Lights Removal(1):

  • Deep vacuum operation which maintains the product’s stability
  • Satisfies the ASTM B100 specification for Methanol, Water, and Glycerin

towerHigh Purity Methyl Ester Column(2):

  • Deep vacuum operation which maintains the product’s stability
  • Water-white product quality
  • Ultra-low glyceride content
  • Reduced Water and Methanol content

Refining of Methyl Esters(3):

  • KMPS has developed technology to refine individual Methyl Esters

Methanol Recovery Column(4):

  • Continuous operation
  • > 99.8 wt% purity
  • > 99.8 wt% recovery
  • Duplex/Super Duplex Stainless Steel MOC

Multi-Effect Evaporation to Concentrate Glycerin(5):

  • Double or Triple effect evaporation
  • Substantially reduces energy consumption
  • > 85 wt% Glycerin purity
  • Duplex/Super Duplex Stainless Steel MOC
  • KMPS has also developed the technology to produce technical grade glycerin

Water / Methanol Removal(6):

  • Can be accomplished via evaporation or water wash through Liquid-Liquid Extraction

BIODIESEL SERVICES

Biodiesel Purification
Methanol Recovery
Methyl Ester Purification
Methanol Scrubbing
Biofuel Refining
Glycerin Separation
Pilot Plant Testing