Analysis of industrial oilseeds: production, conversion to biofuels, and engine performance from large to small scale
Most of the biofuel produced in the U.S. as an alternative to petrodiesel is derived from soybean oil. Three major problems of using soy and other traditional biofuel feedstocks are: (1) the high commodity cost of the feedstock results in higher cost fuel than the petroleum equivalent, (2) land use requirements are too great to offset a significant portion of petroleum use, and (3) many traditional biofuel feedstocks also have food uses, which creates market competition and a “food versus fuel” debate. The problems above are addressed by exploring the feasibility of biofuel production from a new ...
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