Influence of seeds moisture on in situ alkaline transesterification of canola seeds for Biodiesel production

Hongjian Lin, Darrin Haagenson, Rachel Brudvik, Dennis Wiesenborn

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Abstract

In situ alkaline transesterification is reported to be an efficient method of biodiesel (methyl ester) production from several oilseed crops. Seed moisture content has a significant influence on methyl ester yields from biodiesel made in situ. Biodiesel quality properties are closely associated with the parent feed stock, and methyl esters derived from conventional transesterified canola oil have improved cold flow properties when compared to other oilseed crops. This study evaluated canola in situ alkaline transesterification and examined the impact of seed moisture content on methyl ester yield. Biodiesel quality parameters including oxidative stability, moisture content, kinematic viscosity, free fatty acids and total glycerin were evaluated between biodiesel derived from conventional and in situ methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009, ASABE 2009
Pages3476-3485
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2009Jun 24 2009

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009, ASABE 2009
Volume6

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period6/21/096/24/09

Keywords

  • Biodiesel quality
  • Canola
  • FAME
  • In situ transesterification
  • Moisture levels

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