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INTEGRATED REACTOR AND CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATOR AND USES THEREOF

United States Patent Application

20090293346
A1
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A method and apparatus for producing a biodiesel product. The method includes continuously contacting a triglyceride containing component with an alcohol and a catalyst at an elevated temperature in a centrifugal reactor/separator. A less dense phase including the biodiesel product is continuously separated from a more dense phase containing glycerine in the reactor/separator.
BIRDWELL, JR., Joseph F. (Knoxville, TN), TSOURIS, Constantino (Oak Ridge, TN), McFarlane, Joanna (Oak Ridge, TN), JENNINGS, Harold L. (Clinton, TN)
12/ 128,157
May 28, 2008
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.