Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.

Abstract

With the reserves of fossil fuel declining worldwide, interest has been revived in search of alternative energy sources and in developing cost effective processes. Jatropha Curcas is a plant that has the capability of growing in harsh tropical climates, and is a good renewable source for biofuel production for countries such as Haiti. This report analyzes different biofuel production processes that have been developed and that can convert Jatropha Curcas into biodiesel usable in transportation. From the comparison of processes on a basis of energy consumption, yield and cost of the processes, it was established the viability of one of these biodiesel production methods in the Haitian community.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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