Animal Fat Biodiesel

I. Bhattacharya, Song Yan, R. D. Tyagi, Rao Y. Surampalli, Tian C. Zhang

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This chapter is designed in a way to cover all possible aspects of animal fat biodiesel. It provides the sources of animal fats and the factors affecting rendering techniques and other chemical parameters. Biodiesel made from tallow and fats has a higher cetane number (CN) as compared with soy oil. The CN according to American Society for Testing and Materials D6751 and European Standard 14214 biodiesel standards has been determined as 47 and 51 minutes, respectively. The chapter also provides comparative studies of the free fatty acids from various animal fat sources to get an estimation of maximum saturated and unsaturated fatty acid production. Simultaneously, it describes the presence of various metals in animal fat and techniques for using natural resources to convert biodiesel. The chapter also describes economic impacts as well as the pros and cons of using animal fats for biodiesel production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiodiesel Production
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies, Challenges, and Future Prospects
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482285
ISBN (Print)9780784415344
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy
  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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