Biodiesel from COPRAH

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  1. Parata

    Parata Junior Member

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    Hi,

    A friend of mine is producing coprah in one of the island of Papua New Guinea. He's is looking for ways of producing BIODIESEL from the coprah oil so he can run generator to supply electricity to the local village.

    Any info about small scale biodiesel production or install kit will be welcomed.

    Cheers,

    Parata.
     
  2. masalai

    masalai Junior Member

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    Re: Biodiesel from COPRAH

    Just extract the oil using some form of expeller and filter to 5 micron or finer - do not use sour or putrefied copra - and on cold days (likely never on coastal PNG) preheat to 70 deg celsius - BUT MAKE SURE there is no diesel in the mix as it (70C) is very close to the flash point of diesel - flash point of CNO is about 140C - Go visit the factory in Rabaul (Coconut Products Ltd) and scale your plantation down, but the methodology is there....

    CNO can also be used as the lubricant in the sump - careful will void warranty and may cause damage - I have driven a Toyota land-cruiser that has been using unheated CNO since 1991 in Solomon Islands - a bit of a pain to start some mornings (CNO solidifies at around 24 deg Celsius) :rolleyes:
     

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