Enzymatic biodiesel production: Technical and economical considerations

Per Munk Nielsen, Jesper Brask, Lene Fjerbæk

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Abstract

It is well documented in the literature that enzymatic processing of oils and fats for biodiesel is technically

feasible. However, with very few exceptions, enzyme technology is not currently used in commercial-scale

biodiesel production. This is mainly due to non-optimized process design and a lack of available costeffective

enzymes. The technology to re-use enzymes has typically proven insufficient for the processes to

be competitive. However, literature data documenting the productivity of enzymatic biodiesel together

with the development of new immobilization technology indicates that enzyme catalysts can become cost

effective compared to chemical processing. This work reviews the enzymatic processing of oils and fats

into biodiesel with focus on process design and economy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Lipid Science and Technology
Volume110
Pages (from-to)692-700
Number of pages7
ISSN1438-7697
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Biofuels
biodiesel
Biodiesel
Enzymes
Process design
Oils
Processing
enzymes
processing chemistry
oils
Oils and fats
catalysts
Immobilization
Productivity
Fats
Catalysts
lipids
process design

Keywords

  • Biodiesel
  • Transesterification
  • lipase
  • immobilized enzyme
  • Fatty acid alkyl esters

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Munk Nielsen, Per ; Brask, Jesper ; Fjerbæk, Lene. / Enzymatic biodiesel production: Technical and economical considerations. In: European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. 2008 ; Vol. 110. pp. 692-700.
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In: European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, Vol. 110, 2008, p. 692-700.

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