Chemoprojekt, a Czech biofuels company based in Ústí nad Labem, is preparing to launch the country’s first second generation biofuels facility, producing fuel from waste frying oil.

The firm, which was the first in the Czech Republic to manufacture biofuel from rapeseed oil, was now switching to used cooking oil (UCO) as a feedstock and had already invested several dozen million Czech korunas in the project, reported Radio Praha on 19 June.

“We are currently transforming the unit from rapeseed oil into waste cooking oil because we believe second generation biofuels have a more promising future,” said Radomir Kucera, director of biodiesel operations at Chemoprojekt.

“We expect to launch production at the end of September or beginning of October. The capacity of the production line will be between 6,000 and 8,000 tonnes/month, based on the quality of the raw material.”

The facility would use only plant oil-based UCO without animal fats.

Chemoprojekt was expecting to see a growing demand for second generation biofuels in the coming years due to stricter EU rules on greenhouse gas emissions.

According to Radio Praha, while rapeseed oil-based biodiesel could lower greenhouse gas emissions from road traffic by 35%, UCO-based biodiesel could achieve a 85% reduction.