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Refining technologies for the purification of crude biodiesel
Applied Energy (2011)
  • Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman, University of Malaya
Abstract
In biodiesel production, downstream purification is an important step in the overall process. This article is a critical review of the most recent research findings pertaining to biodiesel refining technologies. Both conventional refining technologies and the most recent biodiesel membrane refining technology are reviewed. The results obtained through membrane purification showed some promise in term of biodiesel yield and quality. Also, membranes presented low water consumption and less wastewater discharges. Therefore, exploration and exploitation of membrane technology to purify crude biodiesel is necessary. Furthermore, the success of membrane technology in the purification of crude biodiesel could serve as a boost to both researchers and industries in an effort to achieve high purity and quality biodiesel fuel capable of replacing non-renewable fossil fuel, for wide range of applications.
Keywords
  • biodiesel refining,
  • wet washing,
  • dry washing,
  • membrane refining and biodiesel quality,
  • ceramic membranes,
  • soybean oil,
  • supercritical methanol,
  • process optimization,
  • fuel production,
  • vegetable-oils,
  • methyl-ester,
  • rapeseed oil,
  • palm oil,
  • transesterification
Publication Date
December 1, 2011
Citation Information
Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman. "Refining technologies for the purification of crude biodiesel" Applied Energy Vol. 88 Iss. 12 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/abdulaziz_abdulraman/53/