Feeling the oil crunch yet? If not, you soon will, as supplies continue to dwindle. The one good thing about the remorseless rise in oil prices – if there can be a good thing – is the fact that it’s spurring development of alternatives. Most of the attention is currently focused on electrical power, but there are still ways in which we can use waste oil products more efficiently.
This clever BioBot BB20 desktop oil waste processor can take your old kitchen or local restaurant oil waste from frying etc and convert it into serviceable car bio diesel in just a couple of hours. The product has been designed to cope with average home use, so it processes around 20 litres of bio diesel at a time, and because it’s aimed at the home market, the developers have made it as easy to use as possible.
Instead of complicated electronics, the device uses simple manual mechanisms wherever possible, which keeps maintenance down to a minimum, and also means there’s less to go wrong. The process involves filling the unit with waste oil, a heating and agitating segment, testing and processing with methoxide and then a drain and wash.
Of course, you’re not going to want to do any of this in your kitchen or even inside your home, but it’s certainly something that looks as though it might fit nicely into your garage. And while we’re sure the smell is not going to endear you to the neighbors, you’ll have the last laugh as you drive around using the fat from last month’s fry ups for your cheap fuel.
The kit comes with everything you’ll need for the process except the additive chemicals, and costs £495, which is very household budget sized for this kind of equipment.