Producing Biodiesel Fuel from Vernicia montana Lour. Oil
by Hanh Ngoc Thi Le, Kiyoshi Imamura, Masakazu Furuta, Luu Van Boi, Yasuaki Maeda (Energy Today) … The authors evaluated the use of the non-edible oil derived from Vernicia montana Lour found in Laos and Vietnam for the production of BDF (biodiesel fuels) and develop an improved procedure its production consisting of 80.3%±0.5% α-eleostearic acid moiety (C18:3) using a co-solvent method.
The stability of the BDF was evaluated based on its iodine value and unsaturated ester content.
The authors found that the application of the co-solvent method to the production of BDF led to a reduction in the amount of energy consumed. These BDF satisfied the EN 14214/JIS K2390 quality criteria regarding its FAME, water, MG, DG, TG, free glycerol, and total glycerol contents, as well as its acid value and density.
Although indicative of a potentially energy efficient product, the authors admit a need for further testing of the shelf life to compare with current BDFs on the market.