Recovery of used vegetable oils for detergency and disinfection

The project (starting in October 2021 for a period of 4 years) aims to synthesise 100% biosourced and biodegradable amphiphilic molecules from used vegetable edible oils and refinery by-products from the French oil industry. These surface-active molecules will be used in detergent and disinfectant formulations, which are themselves 100% biosourced and biodegradable.
In order to ensure the environmental performance of the molecules and formulations produced, each key stage of development is accompanied by a comparative life cycle analysis (LCA) with existing biosourced (sourcing palm oil) or petrochemical solutions.

The VALOIL project is financed by ADEME under the GRAINE call for projects.

By developing a new way of recovering UWE (used vegetable edible oils) and RPC (refining co-products) from metropolitan oils, the VALOIL project (SALVECO/ITERG) will give a second life to these materials, which are currently destroyed by combustion or partly used for the production of biofuels.
This project will make it possible to set up a new sector limiting the use of first generation resources in order to meet performance and societal expectations (development of the bio-economy, second life for HAU).

Consult the Compendium of R&D projects Graines 2016-2021 produced by ADEME.

Contact: Guillaume Chollet, Head of Non-Food Valorization of Vegetable Oils and Proteins, ITERG