Chapter Twelve

Prospect of the Legume Tree Pongamia pinnata as a Clean and Sustainable Biodiesel Feedstock

A. Indrasumunar, P.M. Gresshoff, and P.T. Scott     The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia


The demand for energy continues to increase due to population growth. In contrast, stocks for fossil fuel–based energy are limited and cannot be replenished, and therefore there is a need to find renewable resources to meet the increasing demand for energy around the world. With the declining reserves of fossil fuels, it has become apparent that biofuels are destined to make a substantial contribution to the future energy demands of the domestic and industrial economies. The use of vegetable oils from plants such as Jatropha curcas ...

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