Advances in Biodiesel Production

Processes and Technologies

Edited by

  • R Luque, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain
  • J A Melero, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Biodiesel is one of the main biofuels capable of substituting fossil fuel usage in compression ignition vehicles, and is used in a variety of fuel blends worldwide. First-generation biodiesel has been used in national markets for some time, with fuel quality standards in place for this purpose. There remain, however, several restrictions to sustainable and long term market development, which is influenced by many factors, including food vs. fuel pressures. The development of new generations of biodiesel, aimed at more sustainable and effective feedstock utilisation alongside improved production efficiency and fuel quality, is critical to the future both of this industry and of the continuing use of biodiesel fuels in transportation.

This book provides a timely reference on the advances in the development of biodiesel fuels, production processes and technologies. Part one reviews the life cycle sustainability assessment and socio-economic and environmental policy issues associated with advanced biodiesel production, as well as feedstocks and fuel quality standards. This coverage is extended in Part two, with chapters focussing on the development of methods and catalysts essential to the improvement and optimisation of biodiesel production processes and technologies.

With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, Advances in biodiesel production a standard reference for chemical, biochemical and industrial process engineers, as well as scientists and researchers in this important field.
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Professionals in the field of renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions; agricultural agents and farmers; policy makers in alternative energy.


Book information

  • Published: February 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-117-8

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamental issues and assessment in advanced biodiesel production: Introduction to advanced biodiesel production; Life cycle sustainability assessment of second generation biodiesel; Socio-economic, environmental and policy perspectives of advanced biodiesel production; Feedstocks for advanced biodiesel production; Advances in biodiesel quality control, characterisation and standards development. Part 2 Advanced biodiesel production processes and technologies: Advances in biodiesel catalysts and processing technologies; Biodiesel from waste oils and fats; Biodiesel from microbial oil; Microalgae processing for biodiesel production; Valorization of the glycerol by-product of biodiesel production; Appendix supply chains, techno-economic assessment and market development for second generation biodiesel.