Background

The reasons for siting the plant in La Rochelle:

  •  Siting the plant in a port zone significantly improves the carbon footprint:
                  - Sea transport of methanol
                  - Proximity to large biodiesel plants
  • The catalyst is the missing link in the French biodiesel industry
  • Contribution to the development of La Pallice port, modernisation of port installations and maintenance of the jobs pool

In Europe, sodium methylate is currently produced in two plants by means of a polluting process using mercury electrolysis. Thus 56 kg of mercury was emitted in 2011 as a result of this type of manufacture in Germany.

First alternative to the mercury process in Europe

Sodium process (process developed by EnviroCat)

  • Continuous process which is safer and more flexible.
  • The extra cost compared to the mercury process has a negligible impact on biodiesel prices as the required volume of catalyst is very small in relation to the end product.
  • Proven process as it is widely used throughout the world except Europe.

A clean manufacturing process:

  • which generates no mercury emissions,
  • which enables the biodiesel industry to improve its carbon footprint by the use of sea transport for methanol procurement, and reduced road transport for forwarding the catalyst. Without EnviroCat, all the French plants would currently be supplied with catalyst sourced in Germany!

1,000 tonnes of C0₂ saved per year!

A safe process:

  • The process is reliable and presents less of a risk than the mercury process. The manufacturing plant will not be Seveso classified.