Biodiesel—a fuel substitute produced from vegetable oils, animal fats, or algae—is one of the most important renewable natural resources for agrarian countries. The justification for developing biodiesel as an alternate fuel is manifold, and rising crude oil prices and the vulnerability of energy security have made biodiesel necessary and inevitable.
The Practical Handbook on Biodiesel Production and Properties has assembled and analyzed the recent trends of biodiesel research, production, and implementation. It includes practical guidance on the identification of plant resources and their distribution, botanical description, palynology, oil extraction, production process, and biodiesel yield.
The production and usage of biodiesel will strengthen the agricultural sector, provide energy to remote areas without access to conventional energy, contribute towards economic development, and increase industrial activity. Drawing on both scientific and participatory processes, this book enables the successful utilization and commercialization of biofuel technology.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Biodiesel
Biodiesel: A Historical Overview
Biodiesel: An Alternative Fuel
Global Biodiesel Sources
Chemistry of Oil and Biodiesel
Commercial Oil Extraction
Factors Affecting Transesterification Reaction
Biodiesel Fuel Properties
Biodiesel: Technical Aspects
Biodiesel Yielding Plants and Fuel Properties