Date of Award
Master of Engineering Science
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Ernest K. Yanful
Dr. Maurice A Bergougnou
In this work an effort has been made to produce an environment friendly and renewable fuel (biodiesel) from an inedible vegetable oil (Jatropha curcas oil), which can be a substitute feedstock of traditional food crops for biodiesel production. This is a bench scale feasibility study. Here, unsupported potassium carbonate was used as a catalyst. Researching the potential and the behavior of potassium carbonate is very important because every biomass contains this compound in a significant amount. It can be extracted by using classical extraction or leaching technologies. During the biodiesel production reaction, the formation of soap as a byproduct was also monitored using the FTIR-ATR method. After a series of experiments, 6 wt% unsupported catalyst, 6:1 methanol to oil molar ratio, 65°C and 600 rpm were selected to be the optimum reaction parameters, that are able to produce quality biodiesel.
Baroi, Chinmoy, "BIODIESEL PRODUCTION FROM JATROPHA CURCAS OIL" (2008). Digitized Theses. 4139.