Researchers from Chonbuk National University Report on Findings in Bioenergy (The Efficient Production of High-Cetane Number Biodiesel from Animal Fats)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Investigators publish new report on Bioenergy. According to news originating from Jeonju, South Korea, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "A new methodology of biodiesel (BD) synthesis from lard and beef tallow (beef-T) by using suitable conditions has been experimentally developed. The problem with poor solubility between highly concentrated free fatty acid animal fat and alcohol has addressed by using high blending ratios of solvent."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Chonbuk National University, "A polynomial equation was obtained for BD yields as a function of synthesis parameters from factorial design experiments. The most suitable combinations for high-quality BD production from animal fats were 2.0 wt.% catalyst with a 10:1 methanol/fat molar ratio, and about 65.0 wt.% solvent additive under normal atmospheric pressure. Verification experiments confirmed the validity of the predicted model. The reaction temperature should be below the boiling point of alcohol and solvent in order to prevent the evaporation. The optimized reaction time and temperature in the verification experiments were determined as to 90 min and 60 degrees C, respectively. The animal fat BD samples were evaluated by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "It is confirmed that the animal fat BD properties were in reasonable agreement with the ASTM D6751 and EN 14214 standards."
For more information on this research see: The Efficient Production of High-Cetane Number Biodiesel from Animal Fats. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, 2014;8(2):208-213. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy can be contacted at: Amer Scientific Publishers, 26650 The Old Rd, Ste 208, Valencia, CA 91381-0751, USA. (American Scientific Publishers - www.aspbs.com/)
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from S.H. Choi, Chonbuk National University, Res Center Ind Technol, Dept. of Mech Engn, Jeonju 561756, South Korea. Additional authors for this research include Y.T. Oh and A. Janchiv (see also Bioenergy).
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Biotechnology, Jeonju, Biodiesel, Bioenergy, South Korea, Oil and Gas, Bioengineering
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