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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. These oils are healthy, natural and full of essential oils and nutrients. Add a drop of food grade lemon, garlic or jalapeno essential oil to create an infused flavour range.   

COSMETICS

Soaps, lotions, shampoos, massage oils, all that sort of stuff. Look up berry oils, rosehip, raspberry. 

CANDLES

We have a process to turn oils into a gel, 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

It is possible to grow your own diesel fuel. Seed oils have even been used in jet engines. Though with fossil fuel currently so cheap it isn't financially viable.

There are basically two types of fuel that can be made from seed oils:

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 canola or camelina oil, some will take to it better than others (my Toyota runs fine on 100% canola oil) but if you fit a good quality conversion kit to your engine then you should have no problems (except for a whiff of french fries when you stop at the traffic lights). SVO is the greenest of the options and renewable (and fairly green if grown sustainably).

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 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 have presses for hazel nuts and walnuts, lots of oil and very nice too.
  • Flax seed oil and chia oil are very high in omega 3 (walnut has some too).
  • Camelina is a popular fuel crop in the USA but it makes a great salad oil 
  • Jatropha 
  • Baobab, mango kernel 
  • Avocado kernel
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Grape seed, berry seeds, rosehip, some berry seeds have skin repair and natural sun protection components
  • and so on and so on ................