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CanolaVac creates a NEW recycling chain of diversion, collection, and conversion of used cooking oil generated within homes into biodiesel



The CanolaVac device is the first of it's kind anywhere in the world that directly networks the device owner to the LOCAL oil recycling companies for the purpose of responsibly diverting, collecting and converting used cooking oil generated within homes in a practical and profitable manner.

Uniquely designed in the form of a bio-pump no bigger than a common kitchen kettle, the CanolaVac's purpose is to evacuate used cooking oil (cooled) from the source and dispensing it into a capped container preferably the one it was originally purchased in.

Harnessing a small quiet motorized pump with today's inexpensive embedded technology to provide people at home a safe, fast, clean, efficient and responsible manner to dispose of used cooking oil, while diverting it to be converted into biodiesel.

The CanolaVac measures, records and downloads the quantity of oil processed to the municipal oil recycling companies, providing them valuable logistical data to make wise decisions for collection, they in turn download the collection details back to the device screen via an automated program, based on GPS location, all in real time, details such as drop-off location info, or municipal curbside pickup once a month.

This innovation smashes barriers, creating a practical profitable way for oil recycling companies to collect used cooking oils from homes in the domestic markets, adaptable in local communities worldwide.


Category of the action

Reducing emissions from waste management

What actions do you propose?

  1. For every 1 litre of used cooking oil converted into biodiesel equals 1 litre less of petroleum diesel emissions released into the atmosphere  compared with 1 litre of biodiesel emissions.
  2. Economic incentive of current market value of biodiesel produced.
  3. Municipalities may implement more strict regulations of used cooking oils generated domestically especially in new sub divisions.
  4. As this idea moves forward and becomes more popular, behavioral changes will impact the quantity of biodiesel produced from it, subsequently increasing the economic incentive, who doesn't want to do the right thing that converts problematic waste into green energy.
  5. Governments may divert big budget contracts that grow canola specifically for the purpose of biodiesel production into more useful impactful needs, why pay for it when the source is free.


Who will take these actions?

  1. Municipal government officials/Waste Management Services/Local Oil Recycling Companies will play an important role in regards to the collection of used oil within their own municipalities via automated software program networked between the recyclers and the CanolaVac device, perhaps institute regulations in NEW subdivisions being constructed to become law.
  2.  Licenced CanolaVac Manufacturer(s) will also play a role in working with the above players in ensuring technological compatibility between the device and local recyclers.
  3. University of Western Ontario, Engineering Department - Machine Services will work closely with me in developing, prototyping, and commercializing the CanolaVac.

Where will these actions be taken?

Actions will take place on a Municipal level across the province, country, and world, especially India, China, USA, European Union, and the UK, as these countries are the biggest producers of waste cooking oils

Urban Population Centers are the obvious target to implement this but it is applicable to anyone with an internet connection.

The European Union's main supply of fuel to operate cars and machinery is Diesel making it one of the prime beneficiaries initially.


What are other key benefits?

  1. Reversing the damage to the environment caused by current irresponsible disposal choices of 175 million litres of cooking oil waste generated domestically everyday in North American homes only.
  2. Biodiesel is non toxic, biodegradable, safer to transport, less damaging in the event of a spill or leak, has a high flash point of 300 F, and does not require engine modifications to use in place of petroleum based.
  3. Biodiesel is recognized by the EPA as the only alternative fuel that has successfully completed Tier 1 and Tier 2 health effects testing under the Clean Air Act and meets clean diesel standards established by the California Air Resources Board.
  4. Waste Conversion into Green Energy measurable in the millions of litres per year around the World , there simply is no practical profitable manner in which to divert, and collect used cooking oil generated domestically (within homes) until Now with the CanolaVac
  5.  NEW jobs in the Recycling, Energy, and Manufacturing sectors.

How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?

Biodiesel vs Petroleum Diesel Emissions  (1)

Emission                                                 B100​                        B20

Carbon Monoxide                                    -47%                       -12%

Hydrocarbons                                         -67%                        -20%

Particulate Matter                                    -48%                       -12%

Sulfates                                                   -100%                      -20%

Ozone Formation (Speculated HC)        -50%                       -10%

PAH                                                         -80%                       -13%      

Average per capita waste cooking oil is 9 pounds per year per person. (2)

Total  waste cooking oil produced in Canada is 135,000 tons per year, in the EU it is 700,000-1,000,000 tons per year, in the UK alone it is 200,000 tons per year.                                             


What are the proposal’s costs?

Projected Research and Development costs are between $15,000.00 - $20,000.00 CAD, Which includes 3D CAD Demo Animation, and a fully functional prototype.

International Patent Filing(s) through a Licenced Patent Attorney between $8,000.00 - $12,000.00 CAD.

Summary Total Commercialization Costs $23,000.00 - $32,000.00 CAD.

Estimated Manufacturing Cost

$35.00 - $40.00 CAD per unit

Target Retail Price

$70.00 - $80.00 CAD per unit

Implementation Cost

Very inexpensive for local oil recycling companies to network an automated program used to exchange logistics for collection, considering the benefits they gain from the volume of used oil diverted, collected, and converted.


Time line

The proposed actions may be phased in Immediately anywhere there is an internet connection, a local oil recycling company, and a CanolaVac device.

The impact is worldwide via municipal oil recyclers, and minimal government participation. 

The used oil may be converted locally into biodiesel as well.


Related proposals



(1) Source EPA 2002 Biodiesel Emissions Database.

(2) US Energy Information Administration.