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Biofuels are growing in popularity because they considered a renewable energy source that produces fewer CO2 emissions than fossil fuels. Liquid biofuels such as ethanol are made from plant and algae materials and blended with different percentages of gasoline for use in automobiles. Biodiesel is another type of biofuel made from vegetable oils, cooking grease, or animal fat and combined with petroleum for use in diesel engines.
Pumps are used in various stages of the biofuel production and transportation process and play a significant role in the efficiency of an operation. Some of the common applications include:
  • Transporting biofuel mash, slurries, and fluids to different areas of the production line
  • Filling containers for transport and storage
  • Transferring biofuel to transport trucks
  • Delivering biofuel to manufacturing equipment

Selecting the Pump for Pumping Biofuels

Biofuels range in viscosity and have varying solids content depending on the stage of the production process. Earlier stages of biofuel production involve high viscosity slurries and mash that are difficult to pump. These substances are also abrasive, which can cause premature wear on pump components. As a finished product, biofuel is volatile and requires special handling.
Another consideration is that biofuel production is a year-round process that operates on a continuous schedule.  The pumps used for this process must handle continuous operation with minimal maintenance to reduce unplanned downtime and ensure a long operating life.
Rotary piston positive displacement pumps are ideal for pumping biofuels because they handle varying viscosities and discharge pressures without overheating. The self-priming design also allows for constant flow to keep materials moving and eliminates having to re-prime the pump motor after brief production delays.  

Rotary Piston Pumps for the Biofuel Production Process

Tri-Rotor pumps use positive displacement rotary piston action to pump materials with viscosities ranging from 40 to 5,000,000 SSU. The rotary piston action produces high volumetric efficiency to handle highly viscous and thin, volatile substances without issue. Our pumps also produce minimal mechanical beating for materials sensitive to agitation.
Additional benefits using Tri-Rotor pumps for the biofuel production process include:
  • The ability to let pumps run dry for short periods without damaging the motor or other components
  • Low shear operation creates gentle displacement that won’t damage substances as they move through the pump.
  • Self-priming to provide continuous pumping action, whether you’re handling solids or liquids
We offer several pump options that deliver a long service life for all your production needs. Our variable volume control head pumps automatically respond to changes in line pressure, allowing you to pump biofuels at different flow rates without stopping and starting the motor. We also provide Manual Flow Control pumps that you adjust manually to provide different discharge rates.

Material Recommendations for Biofuel Pumps

We recommend All Iron (AI) pumps for pumping biofuels. These pumps feature an iron head, body, housing, and seal gland for durability. The internal mechanisms are made from iron and contained in a liquid-tight housing.
View our Pump Material Selection Guide to learn more about other pump material offerings from Tri-Rotor.

Learn More About Our Biofuel Pumping Technology

Tri-Rotor pumps provide several benefits over other pump technologies and are built for durability. We provide several pump and mounting options, along with accessories, to help you build a customized solution based on your needs. Get a quick quote or contact us to discuss your application.