Analysis of industrial oilseeds : production, conversion to biofuels, and engine performance from large to small scale
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Most of the biofuel produced in the U.S. as an alternative to petrodiesel is derived from soybean oil. Three major problems of using soy and other traditional biofuel feedstocks are: (1) the high commodity cost of the feedstock results in higher cost fuel than the petroleum equivalent, (2) land use requirements are too great to offset a significant portion of petroleum use, and (3) many traditional biofuel feedstocks also have food uses, which creates market competition and a “food versus fuel” debate. The problems above are addressed by exploring the feasibility of biofuel production from a new ...