Opal Energies GmbH.

Opal Energies is a global leading technology provider of modular prefabricated multi feedstock biodiesel processors scalable for a capacity of 2 000 to 340 000 litres per day. The processors are built to industrial quality standards, capable of producing ASTM or EN compliant biodiesel from fats and oils with a clear focus on inedible feedstock and high fatty acids (up to100% FFA) offering superior cost advantage to the buyer. Front end prefabricated pretreatment units for seed and waste oils are available to clients with crude vegetable oil or untreated waste grease. As a solution provider Opal Energies offer expertise and excellence in the execution and delivery of engineering, commissioning, consumables and maintenance to our client and their biodiesel plant. Through our in-house research & development laboratory Opal Energies offer raw material analyzing and lab scale biodiesel production to test and prove our technology to the client before and after execution of a project.

Company details

Alter Rethedamm 2 , Hamburg , 21107 Germany

Locations Served

Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Energy - Bioenergy
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Opal Energies is committed to provide its clients with the best equipment and unconditional support so that they can operate a highly successful biodiesel business with total peace of mind

Opal Energies’ objective is to become a sustainable, low-cost producer of bio-fuels for the world’s burgeoning bio-fuel markets. Our vision of securing its status as the largest bio-fuels operator in Germany will be further enhanced with the long term goal of becoming one of the largest bio-fuel suppliers within the region.
The value that our operation assists in eliminating Germany and other regional economies dependence on foreign oil is of great significance. Further to this contribution, our company shall provide substantial employment in Germany, having employed over 152 people in the 2009 planting campaign alone. In return, this assists in delivering efficient, clean fuel within the environment that we live in.

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel to mineral diesel, and can be manufactured from various feedstocks, including: vegetable oils such as jatropha, palm, rapeseed, soy, linseed and coconut oil; animal fats (including tallow); or used cooking oils. Biodiesel has similar chemical properties (viscosity, boiling point, density and heating value) to mineral diesel, which allows it to be blended with mineral diesel in any proportion and to be used in standard diesel engines with minor or no modification.

The Benefits of Biodiesel: The reduction of emissions of harmful greenhouse gases, when compared to unblended mineral diesel including; carbon dioxide (an 80 per cent. reduction) and sulphur dioxide (an almost 100 per cent. reduction); the presence of oxygen ensures better combustion, reducing black smoke, unburnt hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions; it is non-toxic with higher flashpoint temperatures and biodegradability than mineral diesel, making it safer than mineral diesel to store, handle, transport and use; it improves the lubricity of mineral diesel fuel, reducing the need for higher sulphur levels, enabling compliance with current legislation; and it has a higher cetane number. Biodiesel has a faster ignition than mineral diesel and has 90 per cent. of the energy.

The biodiesel market has been developing rapidly and is expected to see significant growth for at least the next three years. Between 1991 and 2005 production in the global biodiesel market has seen growth in excess of 45 per cent. per annum. Continued growth is expected to be driven by the political imperative to reduce carbon emission through, amongst other policies, the substitution of fossil fuels with sustainable green alternatives and a desire to reduce reliance on fossil fuels sourced from volatile parts of the globe.

In the EU alone, these political drivers are expected to cause demand to grow from about 3 million t.p.a. (approximately 3.3 billion litres) in 2005 to about 10 million t.p.a. (approximately 11 billion litres) in 2010 (a growth rate of 32 per cent. per annum). Feedstock typically accounts for approximately 80 per cent. of biodiesel production costs and the biodiesel feedstock market is expected to remain fragmented with rapeseed based biodiesel being dominant in Europe and palm oil based biodiesel in Asia. However, if the EU is to meet its 2010 biofuel targets, domestically grown crops will be insufficient to support the required biodiesel production. Given this geographical demand-supply imbalance, the international trade of biofuel feedstocks is likely to increase as Europe will need to import feedstock.

Replacing oil with biofuels like biodiesel has a host of ecological benefits:
Biofuels are inherently renewable. Because they are derived from agricultural crops that are produced by domestic farmers, biofuels reduce our dependence on foreign oil producers.
Biodiesel creates a lower degree of dangerous particle pollution than petroleum-based gasoline and diesel fuels. Particle pollution is made up of a number of components, including acids (such as nitrates and sulfates), organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles, which have the potential to cause serious health problems.

Biofuels do not contribute to global warming, since they only emit back to the environment the carbon dioxide (CO2) that their source plants absorbed out of the atmosphere in the first place. We recognize that clearing of land and the production of biofuels require energy input as well, but Opal Energies works to be a good steward of the environment in all areas of manufacturing. Further, our research and development teams are dedicated to uncovering advancements both to improve our processes AND to reduce our process’ carbon footprint.