Green Fuels Ltd.

Green Fuels is the world’s leading and longest established manufacturer of biodiesel processors. Incorporating our intuitive GFM control system and unique GSX patented technology, Green Fuels FuelMatic bio-refineries are already operating at 28 sites worldwide, with more sites coming online every quarter. These, along with thousands of decentralised biodiesel processors, are capable of producing over one million litres of high quality biodiesel a day – saving over 2,500 tonnes of CO2.

Company details

B21, Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park, Berkeley Green , Berkeley , Gloucestershire GL13 9PB United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Energy - Bioenergy
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
2003

Green Fuels Ltd. design and manufacture a range of community scale, skid mounted biodiesel processors. Our equipment is commercially proven with plants installed worldwide since 2003. Today our customers are producing more than 1 million litres of biodiesel per day from a huge variety of feedstocks.
 
Our advanced patented technology enables our customers to produce the highest quality biodiesel efficiently and safely for use as a reliable alternative to mineral diesel.  Using interlocking skids and intuitive touch screen controls clients can be up and running within a week of the equipment arriving on site.

Experienced
From its inception in 2003, Green Fuels has been recognised as the expert in manufacturing and commissioning biodiesel processing equipment to produce the highest quality biodiesel as up to a 100% replacement for fossil diesel. Throughout, Green Fuels has pioneered the use of sustainable biofuels in research and development, championing renewable and alternative energies.

Equipment customers range from waste management companies and agri-businesses to energy companies, governments and charities. Green Fuels B100 (100% biodiesel) is used as a sustainable diesel replacement in road transport, rail and energy production throughout the world.

From the Royal Train and other vehicles in the UK’s Royal fleet to a nationwide fleet of trucks in Dubai, more and more organisations are trusting Green Fuels and our class-leading bio-refineries to power their operations.

Setting new standards in biodiesel production
These are amongst the innovative technological advances we have developed which have set new standards for the processing of oil into biodiesel:

  • Biodiesel production requires the separation of glycerine which has traditionally been done by energy and cost intensive equipment such as settling tanks and centrifuges. Green Fuels has patented a unique glycerine separator technology, GSX, to replace these cumbersome options. With no moving parts, energy consumption is significantly lower, as are operating expenses and capital costs. We don’t know of anyone else doing this. In addition, reducing variability introduced by complex process steps like centrifuging is critical to producing consistently high quality fuel. Reducing operating costs and minimising downtime leads to very efficient production.
  • Our product range is enhanced by waterless purification which requires minimum resource input and provides consistent results. In many locations water consumption is not acceptable and the contaminated discharge is a further problem for the owner to manage. Currently we have a number of projects running in remote locations in Africa and Latin America where water is a scarce and valuable resource and is expensive to handle because significant energy is required to dry biodiesel after washing. Our waterless purification technology has few moving parts, offers chemical precision, reduces operating costs and reliably automates processing.
  • All FuelMatics use touch-screen intelligent GFM software. They are built to industrial strength and are flexible enough to be able to convert a huge variety of feedstocks, including used cooking oils, virgin oils, animal fats and tallows. They can be scaled to the quantity of feedstock available locally and offer immediate payback and long-term investment protection.
  • To recover methanol from biodiesel after purification, we have developed a unique flash drum technology to replace traditional distillation tower technology which can be expensive to buy and operate. Linked to our control system, our flash drum technology is a more reliable process with lower operating costs.
  • Our entire production process minimises waste to a relatively small amount of spent resin that is suitable for normal solid waste disposal to landfill or incineration.
  • The environmental impact of our products is very low as there is no release of greenhouse gas and our plant is designed to create a small footprint.

Green Fuels has changed biodiesel production from a high cost, feedstock-intensive and cumbersome operation to a modular operation that can be deployed quickly wherever needed. Thanks to the unique flexibility of the FuelMatic, the resultant biodiesel is of a consistently high quality even when using variable feedstocks.

Green Fuels around the world
With Green Fuels Consultancy and Manufacturing divisions headquartered in the UK, Green Fuels also has offices in the USA, Brazil and China and local representation in many regions throughout the world.

Awards
Green Fuels was started in 2003 by James Hygate in Gloucestershire, UK. Just three years later the company won the Gloucester Small Business of the Year Award and two years after that won Innovation of the Year at the Green Fleet Awards (UK) and was selected to Europe’s CleanTech 100 companies. In 2009 the company was listed among Globe Forums Top 100 Sustainable Innovators.

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Sustainability is crucial to global agri-business. In return for generating GHG emissions credits, businesses are investing in quality projects that can deliver on this sustainability agenda.

Green Fuels offers a quick and effective way to maximise sustainability returns for agri-businesses across the world. We are already enabling companies to set up closed loop processes, recycling used oil and allowing farms and mills to generate fuel at source, safely and economically.

Easing the pressure on agri-business

No one knows more about the complex challenges of today’s economic, environmental and social situation than global agri-businesses. At the centre of these challenges is a need to develop sustainable working practices that not only enhance business reputation but also make sound financial sense.

Green Fuels offers rapid and effective means to achieve these objectives by helping global agri-businesses deploy high quality biodiesel bio-refineries at the point of need, closing the loop on recycling feedstock oil into high quality fuel and in the process generating valuable carbon credits.

A versatile and experienced partner

With complex and international supply chains, agri-businesses are working hard to ensure that operations are carried out sustainably and in an environmentally friendly way. Green Fuels is ideally placed to help organisations in the agri-sector demonstrate that they are conducting business with responsibility, taking positive steps to protect and conserve the environment.

Green Fuels in action

Green Fuels has been working in the Middle East to implement a closed loop system with a global food brand. Within a matter of months the plant was producing 100% biodiesel to run an entire fleet of logistics trucks without modification; converting every litre of waste oil into a litre of biodiesel with no significant loss of yield and in turn reducing the fleet’s carbon footprint by a demonstrable 85%.

Carbon emissions

Achieving targeted reductions in GHG emissions is now business critical. A key part of every corporate social responsibility plan is a strategy to achieve targeted reductions in GHG emissions, reducing the need to purchase carbon offsets. Green Fuels unique technology means global businesses can not only generate top quality fuel from recycled waste oil, they can also deploy faster and closer to the feedstock source, thereby ensuring more effective generation of GHG emission credits.

Sustainable sustainability

As the provider of fuel to the Royal Train and other vehicles in the royal fleet in the United Kingdom, Green Fuels has the highest possible pedigree in quality fuel production. This is proving to be a crucial criterion for businesses whose global reputation is paramount.

With FuelMatic bio-refineries in production for over 5 years – longer than any other in the sector – Green Fuels is the leader in reliable, high quality production. In addition, because the FuelMatic plant is assembled in the UK and shipped to anywhere in the world, Green Fuels can provide  equipment whenever and wherever it is needed.

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The high and volatile price of mineral diesel presents a serious challenge for logistical companies. Biodiesel offers a reliable, effective and tax-efficient alternative that can deliver compelling cost savings. However, the quality of biodiesel is essential if logistics companies are to make the switch.

The premium quality of Green Fuels biodiesel means that logistics companies can be confident of the fuel they generate and see excellent results on their bottom line. Payback on initial investment is typically reached within a matter of months.

Helping Logistics

It is imperative for businesses in the logistics sector to operate in a sustainable manner and follow environmental best practices. Road haulage has a particularly high profile and many businesses are already facing growing concerns about emissions and their impact on the environment.

Green Fuels enables logistics operators to harness an affordable and efficient alternative to fossil fuels, enhancing their environmental credentials and delivering benefits to the bottom line. The biodiesel produced by Green Fuels burns cleaner and with fewer emissions than fossil diesel and can be generated at the point of need.

Rather than generating fuel at a central point and then distributing it to transport hubs and depots, Green Fuels can bring fuel production to the depots themselves. Our skid-mounted technology makes it easy to transport and install a production plant where it is needed. Intuitive touch screen technology using intelligent GSM software and robust engineering means the plant can be up and running within a matter of weeks, quickly generating benefits to the bottom line.

Compelling cost benefits

Experts agree that the world reached peak oil production in the year 2000. As oil now becomes ever more difficult to source and process, prices are rising year on year. This is a constant pressure point for large logistics businesses – even a small price increase has a huge effect on overheads, costs and profit. Green Fuels provides a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuel that can be produced easily and quickly.

Speed of implementation

Rather than generating fuel at a central point and then distributing it to transport hubs and depots, Green Fuels can bring fuel production to the depots themselves. Green Fuels skid-mounted technology makes it easy to transport and install production plants where they are needed. Intuitive touch screen technology using intelligent GSM software and robust engineering means the plants can be up and running within a matter of weeks, generating benefits to the bottom line extremely quickly.

Clean burning fuel

The life-cycle of biodiesel emits 85% less CO2 than fossil diesel. Biodiesel also releases fewer particles such as sulphur and hydrocarbons, making it a cleaner burning, more efficient fuel that enables haulage companies to demonstrate a serious commitment to sustainability.

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Businesses operating in the food sector are often perceived by the public to have a poor record in sustainability, producing large amounts of waste including waste oil.

Incorporating biodiesel as part of an energy strategy can help food brands demonstrate that they are taking an active role in reducing emissions and being more sustainable. Biodiesel also presents a unique opportunity to generate impressive savings, as waste oil can be recycled on site or at distribution centres to produce fuel, substantially reducing  transportation costs.

Food’s new responsibility

With increasing public concern about careful stewardship of the earth’s resources, the need for the food sector to demonstrate sustainable credentials is stronger than ever.

Green Fuels offers rapid and effective means to achieve sustainability objectives by helping food businesses deploy high quality biodiesel bio-refineries at the point of need – closing the loop on recycling waste oil into high quality fuel and in the process a demonstrable 85% reduction in C02emissions.

Green Fuels equipment has been installed in the United Arab Emirates to harvest waste oil from more than 90 restaurants across Dubai. Within a matter of months the plant was producing biodiesel to run an entire fleet of trucks, converting every litre of waste oil into a litre of biodiesel with no significant loss of yield.

A versatile and experienced partner

Businesses in the food sector are working hard to ensure that operations are carried out sustainably and in an environmentally-friendly way. As the most experienced company in its sector and with its unique patented GSX technology, no one is better placed to help achieve this than Green Fuels.

Green Fuels in action

Green Fuels equipment has been installed in the United Arab Emirates to harvest waste oil from more than 90 restaurants across Dubai. Within a matter of months the plant was producing biodiesel to run an entire fleet of trucks, converting every litre of waste oil into a litre of biodiesel with no significant loss of yield.

Carbon Emissions

Achieving targeted reductions in GHG emissions is now business critical. A key part of every corporate social responsibility plan is a strategy to achieve targeted reductions in GHG emissions, reducing the need to purchase carbon offsets. Green Fuels’ unique technology means global businesses can not only generate top quality fuel from recycled waste oil, they can also deploy faster and closer to the feedstock source, thereby ensuring the most sustainable solution.

Quality Pedigree

As providers of fuel to the Royal Train and other vehicles in the royal fleet in the United Kingdom, Green Fuels has the highest possible pedigree in quality fuel production. This is proving to be a crucial criterion for businesses whose global reputation is paramount.

With FuelMatic bio-refinery plants in production for over 5 years – longer than any other manufacturer in the sector – Green Fuels is the leader in reliable, high quality production. In addition, because the FuelMatic plant is assembled in the UK and shipped to anywhere in the world, Green Fuels can supply a turnkey bio-refinery whenever and wherever it is needed within a matter of weeks.

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Governments and public sector institutions are subject to increasingly aggressive carbon reduction targets and cost-efficiencies.  Biodiesel production offers an achievable method of reducing emissions without a shift in infrastructure or major reinvestment.

Green Fuels can enable governments to instigate biodiesel production on a national or local scale. By being able to deploy and scale up quickly and effectively, we can help governments produce a top quality product that can be used to meet and exceed emission targets.

Helping governments meet targets

Governments and public sector organisations across the world are coming under increasing pressure to set and meet targets and mandates for sustainability. From reducing CO2 emissions to meeting quotas for alternative sources of energy, many of these targets must be reached within the next few years.

Green Fuels systems create sustainable, high quality production of biodiesel that can be implemented in the field quickly and effectively. From FuelPod biodiesel processors for the UK’s HM Prison Service to a FuelMatic bio-refinery in Mexico, Green Fuels is spearheading the use of biodiesel generation as a means to help achieve these targets across the globe.

Carbon emissions

Achieving targeted reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is also a crucial factor for governments, reducing the need to purchase carbon offsets. Green Fuels unique technology means governments can not only generate top quality fuel from recycled waste oil, they can also deploy faster and closer to the feedstock source, thereby ensuring more effective generation of GHG emission credits.

Sustainable sustainability

As providers of fuel to the Royal Train and other vehicles in the royal fleet in the United Kingdom, Green Fuels has the highest possible pedigree in quality fuel production. This is proving to be a crucial criterion for businesses whose global reputation is paramount.

With FuelMatic bio-refineries in production for over 5 years – longer than any other in the sector – Green Fuels is the leader in reliable, high quality production. In addition, because the FuelMatic plant is assembled in the UK and shipped to anywhere in the world, Green Fuels can provide equipment whenever and wherever it is needed.

Speed of implementation

Rather than generating fuel at a central point and then distributing it to users, Green Fuels can bring fuel production to the users themselves. Green Fuels skid-mounted technology makes it easy to transport and install production plants where they are needed. Intuitive touch screen technology and robust engineering means a bio-refinery can be up and running within a matter of weeks, helping to work towards fuel targets and mandates as quickly as possible.

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The military sector faces significant logistic challenges delivering  fuel to some of the most inhospitable and challenging environments in the world. Meanwhile, the sheer number of service personnel who need their three meals a day makes the military one of the world’s largest producers of waste cooking oil.

Green Fuels technology is the ideal solution, converting waste oil into fuel at source and eliminating the need to transport large volumes of fuel across difficult and hostile terrain. That doesn’t just deliver cost-efficiencies, it averts risk too.

Rising to the military challenge

Governments are tasking their military operations with implementing effective policies and strategies to safeguard the environment. The armed services also face tough economic challenges, forced to find cost savings yet facing escalating fuel costs as deployments reach around the world. Simply delivering fuel to men on the ground can be cost prohibitive.

Green Fuels enables military operations to produce their own fuel economically and efficiently at the point of use. As one of the world’s leading producers of waste oil, the military sector is ideally placed to harness biodiesel production to reduce both costs and risk.

Speed of implementation

Rather than generating fuel at a central point and then distributing it to units in the field, Green Fuels can bring fuel production to the units themselves. With its unique patented GSX technology, Green Fuels skid-mounted equipment makes it easy to transport and install production plants where they are needed. Our containerised options can be dropped into place as and when needed and powered by a biodiesel generator. Intuitive touch screen technology using intelligent GSM software and robust engineering means a plant can be up and running within a matter of days, helping to recycle waste oil and generate fuel as quickly as possible.

Compelling cost benefits

Fossil diesel price volatility, constant price increases and budgets under pressure, dictate the need for genuine cost savings. As one of the largest producers of waste oil the military sector has an opportunity to achieve these efficiencies and eliminate risks in fuel transportation by producing their own biofuel from their own waste cooking oil, effectively closing the loop on fuel production.

Green Fuels in action

Since 2007 Green Fuels has been supplying high quality fuel to the Royal Train and other vehicles in the royal fleet in the United Kingdom. The Royal Train is the only example in the world of a commercial train running on B100 (100% biodiesel) fuel and is a testament to the quality produced by Green Fuels technology.

With FuelMatic bio-refinery plants in production for over 5 years – longer than any other manufacturer in the sector – Green Fuels is the leader in reliable, high quality production. In addition, because the FuelMatic plant is assembled in the UK and shipped to anywhere in the world, Green Fuels can supply a turnkey bio-refinery whenever and wherever it is needed within a matter of weeks.

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Across the world co-operatives, community groups, charities and NGOs are encouraging local groups of people to work together to transform lives and communities. By taking responsibility for their own recycling and energy production, they can generate employment, stimulate growth and cut costs.

Thanks to our experience in working with non-profit organisations across the globe, Green Fuels can help organisations put effective and efficient community recycling in place. More and more community groups are using Green Fuels technology to gain control of their own fuel supply.

Sustainable sustainability

Recycling and the production of sustainable fuel present a number of compelling advantages to community groups and co-operatives. By taking control of their own fuel production, communities can stimulate employment and can encourage people to work together towards common goals.

The fuel that is generated can play an integral part in other community-wide initiatives and of course the sustainability of biodiesel has environmental benefits, ensuring that another use is found for waste oil and that transport across the community generates substantially lower emissions.

Compelling cost benefits

According to expert analysis, peak oil production around the world was reached in 2000, leading to increasingly volatile pricing as the resource becomes more difficult to locate. For community and co-operative projects, Green Fuels not only offers a way out of price escalation, it does so with considerable environmental benefits.

By producing high quality biodiesel through recycling waste or other feedstock oils, the FuelMatic, with its patented GSX technology, delivers over one litre of fuel for every litre of feedstock oil. This brings communities a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuel that can be produced easily, quickly and cost-effectively at the locations where it is needed.

Green Fuels in action

As providers of fuel to the Royal Train and other vehicles in the royal fleet in the United Kingdom, Green Fuels has the highest possible pedigree in quality fuel production. This is proving to be a crucial criterion for businesses whose global reputation is paramount.

With FuelMatic bio-refinery plants in production for over 5 years – longer than any other manufacturer in the sector – Green Fuels is the leader in reliable, high quality production. In addition, because the FuelMatic plant is assembled in the UK and shipped to anywhere in the world, Green Fuels can supply a turnkey bio-refinery whenever and wherever it is needed within a matter of weeks.

Biodiesel to rely on

Green Fuels equipment exceeds all international standards for biodiesel. We are committed to ensuring that the communities we work with can rely on the highest standards of fuel today and tomorrow. Our bio-refineries are robust and built to last, enabling communities to reap the benefits of clean, recycled fuel for many years to come.

Quality biodiesel – the key to sustainability

As mineral oil reserves become ever harder to locate and extract, the world is looking for alternative energy sources. Biodiesel provides compelling advantages and significant benefits:

  • Biodiesel recycles waste oil back into fuel, eliminating the dangers of inefficient and often dangerous disposal or its re-use in the food chain
  • The lifecycle of biodiesel emits 85% less CO2 emissions than fossil fuel
  • Unlike other alternative energy sources, switching to biodiesel incurs no major infrastructure changes

Governments around the world are setting ambitious targets for the sustainable reduction of CO2 and more and more organisations are making the switch to biodiesel. As the world leader in community-scale biodiesel equipment manufacture, Green Fuels is ideally placed to help them succeed.

Why Green Fuels?

The combination of our close partnerships with clients and unique tried and tested technology makes Green Fuels such a compelling proposition for organisations looking to generate biodiesel on-site. Green Fuels offer an outstanding range of benefits.

By enabling organisations to produce biofuel close to source, Green Fuels keeps transport costs down to create a viable business solution.

The traditional biodiesel model has entailed the creation of central processing hubs with new and used oils from surrounding areas transported to them and then processed. However, the costs can be prohibitive, as any large production plant is expensive to build and necessitates transport costs to bring in waste oil and deliver recycled biodiesel.

Larger biofuel plants also often fail because they cannot secure a reliable supply of feedstock to convert to biofuels. However, community-scale biofuel production enables farmers, entrepreneurs and established companies to start on a small scale and easily increase production as more oil is secured.

The decentralised model of Green Fuels technology is ideal for appropriately scaled production like this, bringing the plant right to the source of waste oil, or to the communities or facilities that will use the recycled biofuel. Transport costs are minimised and, as Green Fuels technology is fully scalable, operators can upscale as their needs evolve.

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that can reduce carbon emissions, save money and have a positive health effect on communities across the world.

Producing 85% less CO2 and generating fewer emissions such as sulphur, hydrocarbons and particulates, biodiesel offers a sustainable, renewable alternative to fossil fuel. Biodiesel also helps to solve the growing problem of how to dispose of used cooking oil safely, ensuring that used oil is recycled into fuel rather than poured into drainage systems or put back into the food chain.

Biofuels from waste oils do not compete with food crops and also allow for the use of non-food, oil-yielding crops such as camelina and jatropha to produce high-value fuels for use in communities. Chicken fat, waste cooking oils, crude palm oil and coconut oil are being used in Paraguay, the UK, Mexico, South Africa, the US and Mozambique to produce biodiesel which runs taxi fleets, bus fleets and the Royal Train in the UK.

Green Fuels and sustainability

With plants in operation for clients across the world, Green Fuels is helping to save 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide every single day. By focusing on community scale rather than large scale production, we can help keep costs down and production efficient, generating biodiesel in locations where it is needed. That means transportation costs are cut too.

Further, the biodiesel contains no sulphur and burns cleaner than mineral diesel, releasing 60% to 80% less particulates, which reduces injector fouling and improves engine life. The benefits are especially noticeable in diesel generators that run below their full generating capacity as the improved lubricity of the biofuel increases engine efficiency.

Oil that keeps on working

Biodiesel can be produced in a 1:1 ratio from oils through a trans-esterification process that unbinds the three fatty acid strands from an oil molecule’s glycerine and binds them to an alcohol, usually methanol. The machine then automatically removes the glycerine through the patented GSX glycerine separator and purifies the resultant fuel through an ion-exchange process.

FuelMatic enables organisations to recycle and reuse their own waste oil, driving down the financial and environmental costs

If your organisation produces waste oil you have an obligation to dispose of the waste responsibly and effectively. This takes up valuable time, resource and cost. However, Green Fuels can transform the way you deal with waste oil by enabling closed loop recycling.

How Green Fuels enables closed loop recycling is simple. Our skid-based plants mean waste oil can be turned into valuable fuel onsite, rather than transported to a third party. Consequently you control the quality of your fuel, enabling you to make substantial savings on transportation costs as well as maximising sustainability.

Even the methanol is recycled

The Green Fuels FuelMatic module goes even further to create efficient recycling on-site. FuelMatic uses innovative technology to remove any residual methanol from the biodiesel after purification, offering lower operating costs than traditional distillation methods.

The extracted methanol is then reused in the next cycle, converting even more waste oil.

From small beginnings

Even smaller business operations can achieve real results – a typical restaurant would produce 300 ℓ to 400 ℓ of used oil per month.

The Green Fuels technology can provide a channel for collected used oils, is economically sustainable owing to its small scale and can help to address energy challenges. Farmers can formalise the collection of oils and the distribution of biofuels in a community, or as a co-operative venture.

There is tangible value added to local communities and the system could also be used in cities. A restaurant can operate a single delivery vehicle on the biodiesel it produces each month, while remote farmers can produce their own biodiesel and secure a portion of their fuel at a much lower cost. In London, the global consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers runs its head office building on biodiesel produced in a Green Fuels processor from used cooking oil, as do many London taxis.

Green Fuels offers a range of biodiesel processors to recycle a range of feedstock oils into pure biodiesel, from small-scale systems to fully automated bio-refineries.

All our products are robust to industrial strength and come with safety automatically built in. Whether you are a domestic user wanting to recycle waste cooking oil to run your own car, or a global business focused on delivering cost benefits and meeting sustainability targets, we have the solution for you.