History: From Research to Reality
Orbitek CEO, Christian Fleisher, began working in the biodiesel industry in 1997
and was convinced that as demand for renewable fuels increased, so would demand
for more efficient and cost effective means of production.
Christian joined forces with Cornell University’s Graduate School of Chemical Engineering and developed the patented process technology that forms the core of our CFT TM rapid reaction biodiesel production system.
Initial process demonstration project, so small that it fit in a 5’x12’ trailer produced ASTM spec biodiesel at a rate of 40 gallons per hour. Second process demonstration project began at Toad Hollow Farms in upstate New York is still producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oils at a rate of 80 gallons per hour.
CFTTMBPU400 prototype commercial unit fabricated and commissioned producing ASTM spec biodiesel at a rate of 4million gallons per year. It is currently operational in Tulsa, Oklahoma as an R&D project to test new feedstocks, catalysts, fuel additives and preprocessing methods.
Orbitek teams up Bratney companies, a leading design/build firm. The Turnkey Flex-feed Biodiesel Production Facility is introduced. Using Orbitek’s Three Phase process producers can use even the most degraded feedstock and make ASTM quality biodiesel fuel. Model facility is under construction in Tulsa, Oklahoma.