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Bioenergy by Anju Dahiya

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Instructor Notes for Biomass to Biofuels Students

Scott W. Gordon-Wylie
The information presented here is meant to help students understand the use of biodiesel and its comparison to conventional diesel fuel. In our experience, students have found learning about and actually preparing biodiesel to be a rewarding exercise. A clear understanding by the students that the biodiesel they are making can actually function as a fuel can be made evident by presenting this information to them in a prelab lecture.
To understand the use of biodiesel as an alternative fuel and vegetable oil as an alternative feedstock, it is important to make parallels to existing petroleum products. In simplified form, petroleum (crude oil) is a mixture of different chain length ...

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