RSC Bio’s Doug Adams on possibilities for re-refining engine oil


 

Reprinted TLT August 21 Feature with permission

Re-refining and chemical recycling processes can turn used oil and plastic waste into usable products.

There are two broad approaches to motor oil recycling: re-refining and chemical recycling.

  • Re-refining aims to extend the fluid’s utility for another generation and avoid releasing it as a pollutant into the environment.
  • Chemical recycling breaks down plastic waste into smaller components to be used as base oils in new products.

Refining crude oil for industrial use relies on separation processes like centrifuging and distillation to remove impurities and separate small and large hydrocarbons for use in different applications. In order to turn used oil into desirable products, plants can use similar approaches to those applied to crude oil to remove unwanted particles and sort degraded hydrocarbons from usable ones.

There are two broad approaches to motor oil recycling: re-refining and chemical recycling. Re-refining aims to extend the fluid’s utility for another generation and avoid releasing it as a pollutant into the environment, while chemical recycling starts with breaking down the hydrocarbons that gave the former oil its unique properties in order to create feedstock for a wide variety of new products. Both approaches start with removing contaminants like dirt and metal particles from the fluid. Acid treatments trap greases and gums suspended in the fluid, while separation techniques like sedimentation, filtration and decantation remove them later, along with heavier sediments and metals. Chemical recycling then goes even further to return value to the used lubricant by breaking down the hydrocarbons into simple feedstocks that can then be used as components of other products.

Large recycling services tend to focus on the spent hydrocarbon streams that produce the greatest volume of recyclable materials, partly in order to secure a place in the broader petrochemical value chain. Scott Miller, senior vice president of refinery operations at Safety-Kleen, says the company collects some 200 million gallons of used motor oil per year in the U.S. and Canada. “[Recycled] oil’s quality is directly linked to the quality of used motor oils which are collected,” explains Miller. “As OEMs have continued to progress their lubricant quality requirements, today’s engine oils begin with a minimum quality level of Group II, which increases up to Group III and PAOs.”

Each re-refining process adds a layer of complexity to the already intricate role of base oils in industrial use, making the precise environmental impact of a particular final product even more difficult to ascertain. Re-refined base oils inherently don’t qualify as environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs), though they do have the benefit of reducing the volume of used-oil waste that returns to the earth. STLE member Douglas J. Adams, senior product development chemist at RSC Bio Solutions, says the requirements for each designation of EAL are sharply defined by the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), formerly the Vessel General Permit (VGP), based on their base oil types.

Base fluids that are prescribed for use in EALs are triglycerides, synthetic esters, polyalkylene glycols and PAO and related hydrocarbons. Adams explains, “Used oils are oxidized, often containing acidic compounds in addition to metals like zinc and antimony as well as biocides or other toxic components that are present in the used oils.” Additionally, Adams says, each used oil requires the addition of new components to make up for any depletion that cannot be removed by re-refining. The result? “Re-refined mineral oils can be used to successfully formulate standard mineral oil-based lubricants; however, these lubricants could not be classified as EALs,” says Adams.

 

 


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RSC Bio Solutions Receives Multiple OEM Approvals, Adding To Extensive List


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RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in high performance environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, has added several new additions to its expanding list of OEM approvals for use in pumps and elastomers/seals…


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RSC Bio Solutions Receives Multiple OEM Approvals, Adding to Extensive List


Demand Increases for RSC Bio Solutions’ High Performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 4, 2017) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in high performance environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, has added several new…


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Digitization, Autonomous Vessels and Next Generation Fuels By Mike Guggenheimer


Takeaways from EMEC Amsterdam I just returned from the European Marine Engineering Conference in Amsterdam and I’m excited to have seen RSC Bio Solutions recognized again for its innovation in the shipping industry. We were a…


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RSC Bio Solutions Produces Plant-based Lubricant for Extreme Industrial Applications


International Dredging Review RSC Bio Solutions has introduced the FUTERRATM product line of sugar-based bio-refined lubricants that have all the characteristics necessary for use in extreme industrial conditions, while meeting U.S. and global regulations for certification…


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VGP 2013: Propelling Marine Lubricants


Tribology & Lubrication Technology

Creating safe, environmentally friendly and high-performing lubes required cooperation between lube manufacturers, OEMs and the U.S. government.


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Key Trends and Insights at GST Europe 2017 and Shipping 2030 By Mike Guggenheime


Recently, I had the opportunity to attend Green Ship Technology and Shipping 2030 in Copenhagen. We were honored at GST by being shortlisted for Green Ship Technology of the Year Award.  It was also a great…


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EALs Rise Up on Deck


Marine News

The next critical area of consideration for the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants is on Deck. What’s leaking into the water from your cranes and winches?


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Why Demulsifying Hydraulic Fluids Matter By Dr. Bernie Roell, Vice President of R&D


Water contamination is the leading cause of hydraulic system failure. It causes both chemical and mechanical issues which can be extremely costly to fix, not to mention the downtime and headache they inevitably bring. The best…


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Highlights from the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2017 By Chris Griffin, Business Development


The PVA Annual Convention’s tagline “your link to the future” really came to life at this year’s event where leaders in the passenger vessel industry and key government officials gathered to exchange ideas and learn from…


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RSC Bio Solutions Expands


Maritime Logistics Professional

RSC Bio Solutions recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the marine and land markets.


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RSC Bio Solutions Expands


Marine Link

RSC Bio Solutions recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the marine and land markets.


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RSC Bio Solutions Expands, Welcomes New Team Members


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 23, 2017) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a…


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Sustainability in Business By Mike Guggenheimer


RSC Bio Solutions’ mission is to provide sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk.…


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Mitigating Risk without Sacrificing Performance


MarineLink

A new entry to the EAL lubricant race emerges from RSC Bio Solutions. Deep roots, new technologies and familiar names create the basis for a different way of approaching marine lubricants.


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First of its Kind EAL


Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

There are numerous factors that are driving global environmental regulatory growth and the growth in renewable lubricant technologies, such as natural resource constraints, standardizing requirements due to globalization, public opinion and pressure, increase in climate change concerns, new technologies, new evidence from research and overall growing Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) concerns, and most recently the improvements in the durability of lubricants made from renewable technologies.


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Save the Seals


National Fisherman

For commercial skippers of vessels greater than 79 feet operating in the Great Lakes or within three nautical miles of U.S. coastlines, environmentally acceptable lubricants are the mandate. For everyone else, especially given the Environmental Protection Agency’s continuing tighter regulations, switching to EALs may just be a matter of time.


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EAL Will Protect People, Planet and Profit


International Tug & OSV

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the public about the causes and dangerous effects of petroleumbased oil spills and leaks on both land and water, and the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting ‘the three Ps’ – people, planet and profits.


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“Developing the Ultimate Green Ship”


GreenShip Technology Conference Post-Event Blog Post  By George Cook, Senior Applications Project Manager at RSC Bio Solutions With more than 100 attendees and over 60 expert speakers, the 2016 GreenShip Technology (GST) Conference was a great…


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Global Marine Regulations and the Future of Renewable Lubricant Technologies


Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

There are numerous factors that are driving global environmental regulatory growth and the growth in renewable lubricant technologies, such as natural resource change concerns, new technologies, new evidence from research and overall growing Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) concerns, and most recently the improvements in the durability of lubricants made from renewable technologies. According to environmental consultants and advisors, there are currently thousands of new environmental regulations awaiting attention from legislators and regulators around the globe. Different standards hamper growth and thus, pressure to harmonize regulations is likely to continue alongside the regional and global integration of markets.


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RSC Bio Solutions Launches ‘Every Spill Counts’ Campaign


Waterways Journal

RSC Bio Solutions recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water. The campaign stresses the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps”—People, Planet and Profits.


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Developing the Ultimate Green Ship


Join RSC Bio Solutions for a panel discussion entitled “Developing the Ultimate Green Ship,” which will take place at 09:45 a.m. on the 16th November, 2016 at the GST North America Conference, and visit us at…


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It’s Getting Easier Being Green: Green Business Trends for 2016 by Mike Guggenheimer


I recently came across an interesting article outlining some key trends and progress in corporate sustainability initiatives. It identifies several “next big things” that could have a major impact on our customers and the markets we serve. Among…


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Maritime Reporter TV Interview: Mike Guggenheimer, President and CEO, RSC Bio Solutions


At the SMM 2016 in Hamburg, Germany, MarineNews and Maritime Logistics Professional Editor Joseph Keefe interviews Mike Guggenheimer, President and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions, for Maritime Reporter TV. Mr. Guggenheimer expands on the introduction of…


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Leading Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant Manufacturer RSC Bio Solutions Launches “Every Spill Counts” Environmental Education Campaign


Campaign aimed at informing the public and industry on ties between and dangers of land-based and marine pollution  CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 26, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and…


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RSC Spill Campaign


GreenPort

RSC Bio Solutions has launched a new educational campaign aimed at informing the industry and general public on the dangerous effects of oil spills and leaks.

It will highlight the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting the ‘Three Ps’ – people, planet and profits.


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Campaign Launched to Educate on Dangers of Petroleum-Based Spills


Ship Efficiency Review

RSC Bio Solutions has launched a new education campaign that aims to inform the shipping industry and the general public on the causes and effects of petroleum-based oil spills on both land and water and highlight the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps” – People, Planet and Profits.


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RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign


Maritime Professional

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water and the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps” – People, Planet and Profits.


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Interview with Mike Guggenheimer, RSC Bio Solutions


RSC Bio Solutions participated as an exhibitor in SMM 2016, 6-9 September, Hamburg, Germany. GREEN4SEA Team met Mike Guggenheimer, CEO at the exhibition to discuss about company’s latest developments and highlights.


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Revolutionary Bio-based Lubricants Launched


MFAME

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, announced the launch of FUTERRA, a new revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants.  The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.


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From Marine to Land-Based Pollution: The Future of Petroleum-based Spill and Leak Penalties and Mandates


GREEN4SEA

There is growing concern regarding the environmental impact and associated costs of petroleum based fluid discharges. Petroleum is persistent and toxic. It damages living organisms including plants, animals and marine life for many years. While many believe that the bulk of this environmental damage is done by major spills, such as the Exxon Valdez or the Deepwater Horizon events, in reality every spill matters. In fact, small leaks account for an overwhelming percentage of all oil-related pollution.


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Water, Water Everywhere, but NOT in Your Hydraulic System By Dr. Bernard C. Roell, Jr.


According to original equipment manufacturers and tribologists, the number one cause of hydraulic system failure is water contamination. The presence of water in the system builds a corrosive environment, which shortens the life of the pump…


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RSC launches new EAL


The Motorship

RSC Bio Solutions unveiled its latest development in bio-based lubricant technology at SMM, Futerra.

The new environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) is hydrocarbon renewable and is designed to meet the strictest environmental regulations.


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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW LINE OF BIO-BASED LUBRICANTS


F+L Daily

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A., has launched a new revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants. The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.


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Unique Plant-Based Hydrocarbon EAL Launched


Ship Efficiency Review

RSC Bio Solutions has launched a first-of-its-kind maritime environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) at this year’s SMM trade fair held in Hamburg, Germany.

The EAL, FUTERRA, is the first-of-its kind to be released into the market and is the only hydrocarbon EAL that is made from renewable plant-based material rather than traditionally ester-based.  The product meets all global regulations, including the United States Vessel General Permit (VGP) and is Ecolabel-certified, enabling its use anywhere in the world.


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RSC Bio launches first renewable hydrocarbon EAL


Marine Propulsion

RSC Bio Solutions has launched Futerra, a product line of bio-based lubricants.

The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, Futerra was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.


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RSC Bio Solutions Launches New EAL


Marine Link

A hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA offers superior performance in both wet and dry environments, holds up to extreme conditions in contact with water in high-pressure and extreme temperatures and has higher durability, which results in greater system efficiency, fewer change-outs and extended equipment life, according to the manufacturer.


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RSC Bio Solutions Launches First-of-Its Kind EAL Designed to Improve Performance, Increase Uptime and Enhance System Longevity


Ecolabel-certified product meets all global environmental regulations at a lower total cost of ownership CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 6, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, announced the launch…


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Understanding EALs


The use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in all oil-to-sea interfaces of vessels greater than 79 feet in length has been mandated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency since December 2013. While operators of larger vessel have become familiar with what is required from them, there is still a great deal of uncertainty around why these fluids have been mandated, how they perform and what the benefits they deliver. The pending Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) has created even more market confusion, especially among smaller vessel operators who may be less familiar with these fluids and their use.


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