In­ven­tor turns cook­ing oil into bio­fuel

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USED COOK­ING OIL may be harm­ful to health, but a lit­tle bit of sci­ence can turn it into a boon for the en­vi­ron­ment. This is ex­actly what Davao-based Emil­iano Quitiol, an in­ven­tor, found out way back in 2003 when he started work­ing on his own bio­fuel. Now he has per­fected his prod­uct, which he calls “EFQ Bio­force.” “Fresh cook­ing oil, af­ter sev­eral [uses], is con­sid­ered a toxic sub­stance and haz­ardous (to health),” Quitiol said. “Used cook­ing oil as raw ma­te­rial for the pro­duc­tion of EFQ Fuel and Oil Ad­di­tive will pave the way in solv­ing the [prob­lem of the] proper dis­posal of used cook­ing oil.”

His idea stemmed from his re­solve to help curb pol­lu­tion. Quitiol said his in­ven­tion will even­tu­ally help re­store bod­ies of wa­ter af­fected by spillage and con­tam­i­nants that may pol­lute and de­stroy the habi­tat of marine life.

How does his prod­uct work? Ac­cord­ing to Quitiol, adding 1 mil­li­liter (mL) of his prod­uct to a liter of fuel will act on and rear­range the molec­u­lar struc­ture of the con­ven­tional fuel into chain branch­ing of hy­dro­car­bon atoms. This al­lows for more ef­fi­cient fuel com­bus­tion, and con­se­quently re­duces air pol­lu­tion.

Cur­rently, Quitiol has three prod­ucts: EFQ Bio Force Diesel Ad­di­tive, EFQ Bio Speed Gaso­line Ad­di­tive, and EFQ BioPower En­gine Oil Ad­di­tive. He won the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Technology (DOST) Na­tional In­ven­tion Con­test and Ex­hibit in 2014. Later, he availed him­self of the In­ven­tion Based En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment (IBED) Pro­gram of the DOSTTech­nol­ogy Ap­pli­ca­tion and Pro­mo­tions In­sti­tute. IBED is a pro­gram in­tended to en­cour­age and trans­form in­no­va­tions into a technology en­ter­prise. It cov­ers pi­lot pro­duc­tion, field/ mar­ket test­ing, and for­mu­la­tion of sys­tems and pro­ce­dures in prepa­ra­tion for a larger pro­duc­tion scale. The pro­gram also aims to build the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of in­ven­tors to cre­ate busi­nesses out of their in­ven­tions.

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