The Future of Biodiesel


Michael F. Simpson (Editor)

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI024000

Biodiesel is a renewable and biodegradable form of diesel derived from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled grease. Biodiesel offers a number of benefits compared to standard diesel, including environmental and safety benefits. This book includes five chapters that explain various aspects of biodiesel. Chapter One focuses on various aspects of biodiesel production from microalgal species that have the potential to remediate different types of wastewaters. Chapter Two aims to show whether microreactors can replace conventional biodiesel production processes and how this replacement technology could be carried out. Chapter Three studies the effects of Cynara biodiesel-bioethanol-diesel fuel mixtures on engine performance characteristics. Chapter Four presents a study of flash point and refractive index in biodiesel/butanol and biodiesel/diesel/butonal blends. Lastly, Chapter Five presents how microbial biodegradation may ultimately affect the overall degradation of hydrocarbons, including biodiesel.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Concurrent Biodiesel Production and Wastewater Remediation Using Microalgae
P. J. Welz and A. Ranjan
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Symphony way, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa

Chapter 2. Are Microreactors the Future of Biodiesel Synthesis?
Rosilene A. Welter1,2, João L. Silva Jr.3, Marcos R. P. de Sousa1, Mariana G. M. Lopes1, Osvaldir P. Taranto1 and Harrson S. Santana1,4
1School of Chemical Engineering, University of Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil
2College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
3Federal University of ABC, Center for Engineering, Modeling and Applied Social Sciences, São Bernardo do Campo, SP, Brazil
4Center for Natural Sciences (CCN), Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, SP, Brazil

Chapter 3. Effect of Biodiesels – Bioethanol Fuel Mixture on Performance, Characteristics in Diesel Engines
M. Acaroğlu1, PhD, and H. Köse2, PhD
1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey
2Department of Automotive Technology, Ege University, İzmir, Turkey

Chapter 4. The Study of Properties in Biodiesel/Butanol and Biodiesel/Diesel/Butanol Blends
S. D. Romano, PhD
Grupo de Energías Renovables (GER), Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and CONICET, Argentina Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Chapter 5. Natural Attenuation of Soil with Biodiesel and Its Potential Ecotoxicological Impacts
Guilherme Dilarri1, Carolina Rosai Mendes1, Vinícius de Moraes Ruy Sapata1, Ivo Shodji Tamada1, Paulo Renato Matos Lopes2, Renato Nallin Montagnolli3 and Ederio Dino Bidoia1
Department of General and Applied Biology, Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Rio Claro-SP, Brazil
2Department of Plant Production, College of Agricultural and Technological Sciences – Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Dracena-SP, Brazil
3Department of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Education, Agricultural Sciences Centre – Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar), Araras-SP, Brazil