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Biodiesel as an Alternative Fuel. Value Chain, Performance, Feasibility and Sustainability

  • Book
  • November 2021
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5275300

Biodiesel as an Alternative Fuel: Value Chain, Performance, Feasibility and Sustainability provides a fundamental understanding on the state-of-the-art processes involved in the production of biodiesel. The book offers a holistic analysis of mass scale biodiesel production in terms of techno-economic viability and sustainability challenges in the 21st century. It covers the entire biodiesel value chain, from feedstock production and conversion processes, to post-production refining and fuel quality assessment. Besides conventional approaches, recent technologies holding promising opportunities are discussed in-depth. The book's authors analyze and address major industry and environmental concerns in their discussion of lifecycle assessment and techno-economic assessment.

By exploring the fundamental concepts, latest developments and sustainability aspects, the book offers a complete understanding of the feasibility and sustainability of biodiesel. Researchers and PhD students coming into the field will be able to use this reference to acquire a holistic perspective of the subject. In addition, more experienced researchers and industry practitioners will benefit from the book's techno-economic approach that will help readers make better-informed decisions when developing and deploying biodiesel-based technologies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Biodiesel as an Alternative Fuel 2. Biodiesel Feedstocks 3. Biodiesel Production and its Optimization 4. Refining of Crude Biodiesel 5. Fuel Properties of Biodiesel, Significance, and their Analysis 6. Performance of Biodiesel in Diesel Engine 7. Life Cycle Assessment of Biodiesel Production


Dipesh Kumar Post-doctoral Research Associate, Centre for Energy in the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India. Dr. Dipesh Kumar is currently serving as a post-doctoral research associate at the Centre for Energy in the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. As part of Ph.D. research, he worked on the synthesis of biodiesel from non-edible feedstocks of Indian origin and improvement of their fuel properties using novel environmentally benign approaches. He has a total of 18 scholarly publications, including 10 articles in highly cited journals (09 in Q1 and 01 in Q4) in the field of renewable energy and environmental engineering to his credit. The average impact factor of his publications is 5.758, and to date, his contributions have received over 180 citations. His research interests lie in clean alternative fuels, life cycle assessment, and techno-economic viability of alternative biofuels and biorefinery. Bhaskar Singh Assistant Professor, Centre for Environmental Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, India. Dr. Bhaskar Singh received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, UP, India, in 2010. He also holds an M. Phil. from Pondicherry (Central) University, India, with a gold medal (2006). He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Environmental Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, India. Dr. Singh is currently engaged in teaching in the thrust areas of environmental sciences like environmental earth science, natural resources, environmental chemistry, environmental pollution monitoring and, control technologies, etc. He is a reviewer of several international journals, viz., Fuel, Renewable Energy, and Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. His current interests lie in the application of algal biomass for biodiesel synthesis, development of heterogeneous and green catalysts, and corrosion aspects of biodiesel fuel. He has published more than 40 research and review papers in peer-reviewed and high-impact international journals and 14 book chapters by international publishers. He has co-edited & co-authored 3 books.