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MARKETS FOR OIL

So far… Culinary Oils, Cosmetics, Green fuels, Green lubrication oils, Animal supplements/conditioners, paints, candles.

CULINARY OILS

The market for cold pressed oils is growing all the time, supermarkets used to stock a single brand on the bottom shelf, now most of them have rapeseed oil (and other oils) from 2 or 3 producers prominently displayed. Stand aside olive oil - your time is up. I could sing the praises of cold pressed seed and nut oils but it's easier to have a look at our website to get the general idea: www.rapeseedoil.co.uk. There is even a UK association of producers: www.bacpop.org.uk/

COSMETICS

Soaps, lotions, shampoos, massage oils, all that sort of stuff. Here is a link to a company that uses our cold pressed rapeseed oil: www.naturalempathy.com

CANDLES

We have a process to solidify oil, all natural and makes great candles. Let me know if you want to make candles (works with all types of vegetable oils) 
 

FUEL FROM VEGETABLE OIL

You can make 2,500 litres of biofuel per year in the UK for your own use and you won't have to inform HMRC or pay any duty at all.

It is possible to grow your own fuel (or make it from bought seed).

There are basically three types of fuel that can be made from Rapeseed oil:

1) Biodiesel - the oil is chemically reacted with methanol to release its glycerine resulting in a lower viscosity fuel (this process is called transestrification). If it is well made you can use it just as you would normal diesel, no engine modifications will be necessary and it will mix with with normal diesel.

2) Straight Vegetable oil or SVO (sometimes known as Pure Plant Oil or PPO). Here the oil is not chemically modified but is usually heated before reaching the engine's injector pump (again to reduce its viscosity). A diesel engine will run very well on pure rapeseed oil, some will take to it better than others (my Toyota runs fine on 100% rapeseed oil) but if you fit a good quality conversion kit to your engine then you should have no problems (except for a whiff of deep fried chips when you stop at the traffic lights). SVO is the greenest of the options and renewable (and fairly green if grown sustainably).

SVO doesn't need to be processed (just filter it) so the cost is lower than biodiesel. Here are a couple of links to engine conversion kits.
www.dieselveg.com
www.vegoilmotoring.com/eng

3) Blends of vegetable oil and other fuels or solvents
A bit of a black art. Some folk claim great success.

GREEN LUBRICATION OILS

Biolubricants are oils designed for rapid biodegradability and low environmental toxicity.

Probably one of the most promising markets for small producers to break into would be total loss lubricants such as chain saw oils, bicycle oils and other lost oils such as release oils for concrete shuttering etc.

We have recently found a supplier of biodegradable tackifier for rapeseed oil. This is a product that will make the oil tacky or stringy so that it sticks well to bicycle and other chains and the bar of chainsaws rather than flinging off as the chain. If anyone is interested in trying out their oil mixed with tackifier then please get in touch.
Here is a link to a green oil producer that uses our tackified rapeseed oil:
www.green-oil.net

SOME OTHERS to think about:

  • Sunflower cake is a high value high protein chicken feed
  • Did you know linoleum (the flooring) is made from linseed oil (hence the name Linoleum. It's also used as a base for paints, varnishes and putty.
  • We pressed some hazel nuts and walnuts, loads of oil and very nice too.
  • Flax seed oil
  • Does anyone fancy growing Camelina - low inputs and growing in popularity in USA
  • Jatropha
  • Baobab
  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Grape seed
  • and so on and so on ................