METHYL ESTER PRODUCTION FROM SCHLICHERA OLEOSAAbstract
Biodiesel is produced from vegetable oils (edible & non edibles) and animal fats. The methyl ester of vegetable oils, known as biodiesel are becoming increasingly popular because of their low environmental impact and potential as a green alternative fuel for diesel engine and they would not require significant modification of existing engine hardware. At present, biodiesel is commercially produced from the refined edible vegetable oils such as Schlichera oleosa seeds oil, etc. by alkaline-catalyzed esterification process. This process is not suitable for production of biodiesel from many unrefined non-edible vegetable oils because of their high free acid value. Hence, a two-step esterification method is developed to produce biodiesel from high FFA vegetable oils. The biodiesel production method consists of acid-catalyzed (H2SO4) pretreatment followed by an alkaline-catalyzed (KOH) transesterification. Methyl ester of Schlichera oliosa is derived through esterification and transesterification process.
Mallela Gandhi*, N. Ramu and S. Bakkiya Raj
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vel Tech High Tech, Dr. Rangarajan, Dr. Sakunthala Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
03 February, 2011
10 March, 2011
20 April, 2011
01 May, 2011