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Biodiesel as an Alternative Fuel - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128218174

Biodiesel as an Alternative Fuel

1st Edition

Value Chain, Performance, Feasibility and Sustainability

Authors: Dipesh Kumar Bhaskar Singh
Paperback ISBN: 9780128218174
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st August 2021
Page Count: 272
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Biodiesel as an Alternative Fuel: Value Chain, Performance, Feasibility and Sustainability provides a fundamental understanding on the state-of-the-art processes involved in the production of biodiesel. The book offers a holistic analysis of mass scale biodiesel production in terms of techno-economic viability and sustainability challenges in the 21st century. It covers the entire biodiesel value chain, from feedstock production and conversion processes, to post-production refining and fuel quality assessment. Besides conventional approaches, recent technologies holding promising opportunities are discussed in-depth. The book's authors analyze and address major industry and environmental concerns in their discussion of lifecycle assessment and techno-economic assessment.

By exploring the fundamental concepts, latest developments and sustainability aspects, the book offers a complete understanding of the feasibility and sustainability of biodiesel. Researchers and PhD students coming into the field will be able to use this reference to acquire a holistic perspective of the subject. In addition, more experienced researchers and industry practitioners will benefit from the book’s techno-economic approach that will help readers make better-informed decisions when developing and deploying biodiesel-based technologies.

Key Features

  • Presents the state-of-the-art production strategies to transform the state of the biodiesel industry
  • Explores the significant challenges and opportunities in improving the scale of production, acceptability and marketability of biodiesel
  • Compares biodiesel and renewable diesel on a range of parameters, including techno-economic viability and sustainability dimensions in the medium to long-term


Energy engineering early career researchers and graduate students developing sustainable technologies and systems for biodiesel production and use

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Biodiesel as an Alternative Fuel
2. Biodiesel Feedstocks
3. Biodiesel Production and its Optimization
4. Refining of Crude Biodiesel
5. Fuel Properties of Biodiesel, Significance, and their Analysis
6. Performance of Biodiesel in Diesel Engine
7. Life Cycle Assessment of Biodiesel Production


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About the Authors

Dipesh Kumar

Dr. Dipesh Kumar is currently serving as a post-doctoral research associate at the Centre for Energy in the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has worked on the synthesis of biodiesel from non-edible feedstocks of Indian origin and improvement of their fuel properties using novel environmentally-benign approaches. Based on his relatively short research carrier, he has a total of 18 publications. The average impact factor of his publications is 5.758, and to date, his contributions have received 160 citations. His research interests lie in clean alternative fuels, life cycle assessment, and techno-economic viability of alternative biofuels and biorefinery. He has represented India in the 3rd BRICS Young Scientist Conclave held in Durban, South Africa, as a member of the delegation on Energy research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Centre for Energy in the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India

Bhaskar Singh

Dr. Bhaskar Singh received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, UP, India, in 2010. He also holds an M. Phil. from Pondicherry (Central) University, India, with a gold medal (2006). He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Environmental Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, India. Dr. Singh is currently engaged in teaching in the thrust areas of environmental sciences like environmental earth science, natural resources, environmental chemistry, environmental pollution monitoring and, control technologies, etc. He is a reviewer of several international journals, viz., Fuel, Renewable Energy, and Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. His current interests lie in the application of algal biomass for biodiesel synthesis, development of heterogeneous and green catalysts, and corrosion aspects of biodiesel fuel. He has published more than 40 research and review papers in peer-reviewed and high-impact international journals and 14 book chapters by international publishers. He has co-edited & co-authored 3 books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Centre for Environmental Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, India

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