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 DOST Technology 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.

This appeared without a byline in Agriculture Monthly’s January 2018 issue.