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Biodiesel production from Jatropha oil and its characterization

Author Affiliations

  • 1 School of Mechanical Sciences, Karunya University, Coimbatore, INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 1, Issue (1), Pages 81-87, April,18 (2011)

Abstract

Biodiesel, a promising substitute as an alternative fuel has gained significant attention due to the predicted shortness of conventional fuels and environmental concern. The utilization of liquid fuels such as biodiesel produced from Jatropha oil by transesterification process represents one of the most promising options for the use of conventional fossil fuels. The Jatropha oil is converted into jatropha oil methyl ester known as biodiesel prepared in the presence of homogeneous acid catalyst. The physical properties such as density, flash point, Kinematic viscosity, Cloud point and Pour point were found out for Jatropha oil and Jatropha methyl ester. The same characteristics study was also carried out for the diesel fuel for obtaining the base line data for analysis. The values obtained from the Jatropha methyl ester is closely matched with the values of conventional diesel and can be used in the existing diesel engine without any modification.

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