Title

Biofuels

Faculty Advisor

Bagshaw, Joseph C.

Abstract

Current stores of fossil fuels are being depleted rapidly. In order to keep up with increasing energy demands, alternative methods of producing commercially viable fuels must be established. Biologically derived fuels (biofuels) allow for sustainable fuel production. There is a diverse assortment of feedstocks and processes available for biofuel production. Processes of major industrial importance include esterification of animal fats, normal vegetable oils and oil from algal biomass. This report summarizes each process focusing on the relative energy and resource usage. It also considers the socioeconomic and technological issues associated with each of these methods of biofuel production.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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