Title

Characterization of Biodiesel Using Various Feedstocks

Presenter Information

Sean Tennyson

Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Major

Chemical Engineering

Research Advisor

Smith, Joseph D.

Advisor's Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Energy and Research Development Center

Abstract

The recent demand for alternative energy and concern for the environment have led to the investigation of biodiesel as a feasible alternative to petroleum based liquid transportation fuels. One important factor in the production of biodiesel is the feedstock. Optimizing the biodiesel production process by selecting the most beneficial feedstock would greatly improve the feasibility of using biodiesel as an alternative fuel. The goal was to produce biodiesel using various feedstocks and then characterizing the resulting biodiesel. Biodiesel was produced using a base-catalyzed transesterification process and the same equipment, therefore ensuring uniformity in the process. This project compares the characteristics of the various biodiesels, and will provide valuable information on the optimal feedstock for biodiesel.

Biography

Sean Tennyson is a junior in chemical engineering. He has been the leader of the biodiesel research team for the past year. Sean’s research interests include biodiesel production and optimization, and life-cycle analysis on carbon emissions.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Melissa Vidal, Josh Heath, Alex Carney

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Characterization of Biodiesel Using Various Feedstocks

Upper Atrium/Hall

The recent demand for alternative energy and concern for the environment have led to the investigation of biodiesel as a feasible alternative to petroleum based liquid transportation fuels. One important factor in the production of biodiesel is the feedstock. Optimizing the biodiesel production process by selecting the most beneficial feedstock would greatly improve the feasibility of using biodiesel as an alternative fuel. The goal was to produce biodiesel using various feedstocks and then characterizing the resulting biodiesel. Biodiesel was produced using a base-catalyzed transesterification process and the same equipment, therefore ensuring uniformity in the process. This project compares the characteristics of the various biodiesels, and will provide valuable information on the optimal feedstock for biodiesel.