Sustainable development aspects of biodiesel production and application in Brazil


Concerns about climate change effects have prompted many countries to search for solutions to reduce fossil fuel consumption. In the last few years biodiesel production has gained world attention, as it is seen as a sustainable and renewable energy source. Biodiesel is a natural substitute for diesel oil, and can be obtained from different oleaginous plants. However, there are worries about devastation of forests and biodiversity-rich areas to produce biodiesel. Even considering biodiesel as a promising solution, the impacts of its production must be carefully evaluated. This work examines the Brazilian scenario for biodiesel production and use as an automotive fuel. Native and adapted oleaginous in many Brazilian regions and their potentiality for biodiesel production are presented. Experimental results of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a diesel power generator fuelled by blends of diesel oil and castor oil or soybean biodiesel are also presented.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
Additional Information: © 2009 WIT Press
Event Title: 4th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning, Sustainable Development 2009
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2009-05-13 - 2009-05-15
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiesel,Emissions,Renewable energy,Sustainable development,Environmental Science(all)
ISBN: 9781845641818
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PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2009-01-01
Authors: Valente, O.
Silva, M.
Ávila, R.
Vianna, J.
Sodré, J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-2243-8719)



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