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1st Edition

Practical Handbook on Biodiesel Production and Properties

ISBN 9781466507432
Published September 25, 2012 by CRC Press
167 Pages 138 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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
Biodiesel Market
Biodiesel Advantages
Biodiesel Impacts

Biodiesel Production
Global Biodiesel Sources
Chemistry of Oil and Biodiesel
Oil Extraction
Commercial Oil Extraction
Biodiesel Synthesis
Factors Affecting Transesterification Reaction
Biodiesel Fuel Properties
Biodiesel: Technical Aspects

Biodiesel Yielding Plants and Fuel Properties
Castor Bean
Indian Hemp
Milk Thistle
Rice Bran
Rocket Seed
White Mustard

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