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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Is there a demand for Eco friendly biodegradable oil?

What is the demand for biolubricants and Eco friendly biodegradable oil?

The use of Eco friendly bio degradable oil by industry is still in its infancy and there's much left to be done. However, quite recently, a team of experienced researchers from the University of Huelva successfully developed an eco friendly lubricating grease based on Ricin oil and cellulose derivatives. This bio degradable oil does not contain any polluting component used in the manufacture of traditional industrial lubricants, and as such can reduce the effect of oil on the environment.

The biolubricants market currently constitutes only a small portion of the worldwide lubricant market. Widespread usage of Eco friendly biodegradable oil is currently limited on account of its high pricing; estimated to be at least 2-3 times more expensive than standard oil. Future growth in diversified markets worldwide will be a gradual process based on slow replacement and specific legislative norms
of each country.

Industrial lubricants primarily consist of non-biodegradable materials including petroleum derivatives or synthetic oils. Biodegradable oil, generally based on vegetable oils, represent a new technological trend in the lubricants industry. These lubricants are being increasingly preferred over conventional lubricants. Although petroleum-based oil is less expensive, and offers a high degree of stability and is universally accepted, it is non-biodegradable, and tainted with environmental hazards.

Why use Eco friendly biodegradable oil and lubricants and fluids?

Since petrochemical derivatives used as lubricants are not Eco friendly, there is a need to develop high performance, biodegradable, as well as non-toxic oils. Consequently, Eco friendly bio degradable oil, based on vegetable, re-refined or synthetic, also called “biolubricants” were developed and increasingly being brought into vogue in North America and parts of Europe.

Eco friendly greases, for example, mainly use cellulose derivatives from plants and ricin oil as a base. In a scientific advancement in the field, the scientists at the University of Almeria have succeeded in genetically altering the castor-oil plant in order to use it to produce biolubricants

Economic, regulatory and political issues are rewriting the demand and supply dynamics of the worldwide lubricants and related markets, including Eco friendly and biolubricants. With respect to the market in Europe, legislations differ from country-to-country with several markets still outside the ambit of conclusive regulatory standards. On the whole however, European Ecolabel for Lubricants (EEL) frames the definition for biolubricants; along with the recommendation on policy for introduction of Eco friendly lubricants.

Eco friendly biodegradable oil in the USA and Europe

Legislative initiatives in the US mandate that government authorities prioritize purchase of Eco friendly bio degradable oil and biolubricants over harmful petroleum-based products. In accordance, the US federal agencies over the years have developed product definitions and lists, categorized under ‘BioPreferred products’.

The US federal government is an extremely important purchaser and user of fluids and lubricants. It is expected that once the BioPreferred program is completely integrated, there would be huge demand for biolubricants and related products.

North America and Europe represent two of the largest markets worldwide, as stated by the new research report on Biolubricants. Rapid initiatives and national level legislationsin favour of Eco friendly biodegradable oil are in vogue in the European countries of France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.
Increasing activity in the manufacturing and auto industries is a major growth impetus for the industrial lubes market, translating into higher demand for segments and applications. The Hydraulic Fluids segment constitutes an important product line in both the regions with a predicted growth of 12% through 2017 in the North American biolubricants market.

Biolubricants – a report on eco friendly biodegradable oil.

The research report on Eco friendly biodegradable oil and biolubricants, titled “Biolubricants: A North American and European Market Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive industry overview; market drivers, trends & issues, biodegradable lubricants, segment analysis, regulatory environment, product innovations, recent industry activity and profiles of market players worldwide.

To add to the already impressive array of arguments in favour of using synthetic oils is the fact that there are lubes that are Eco friendly and bio degradable, that perform very well. Should you need more information, please contact Habot synthetic lubricants for professional advice.