CEC Renewables Biodiesel
The Renewables Unit was set up as a dedicated unit in CEC mandated to research, explore and develop renewable energy technologies. In 2010, CEC acquired a biodiesel refinery with a capacity of 900,000 litres per annum. It was commissioned in 2011. The main objective of setting up the plant and embarking on the biodiesel production project is to produce an environmentally friendly and low cost fuel as an alternative to fossil diesel. The production of biodiesel is seen as a positive step in terms of enhancing energy security in Zambia by reducing imports of fossil fuels.
Biodiesel is produced from vegetable oils or animal fats. The biodiesel production process converts oils and fats into Chemicals called “long chain mono alkyl esters” (or biodiesel). The biodiesel project at CEC utilises Jatropha and soya bean seed oil as its primary feedstock material.
With a capacity of 900,000 liters per annum, the biodiesel plant is producing an environmentally friendly and low cost fuel as an alternative to fossil.