Effect of Non-Edible Biodiesel Physical and Chemical Properties as Microturbine Fuel

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Journal Article
Energy Procedia, 2017, 142 pp. 413 - 418
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The world is facing critical energy concern, in view of depleting fossil fuel reserves and increasing environment pollution. Biodiesel can potentially substitute fossil fuel, and is produced through the transesterification of vegetable oils. This paper will emphasize on the transition from first generation derived from waste cooking oil, to second generation biodiesel derived from calophyllum inophyllum, which is a non-edible plant. The objective of this paper is to optimize the performance of biodiesel blends with diesel in a 30 kW microturbine. The characterization of chemical fuel properties of distillate and biodiesel blends will be conducted to determine if it meets international standards for power generation. Temperature profiles, pressure, and flame imaging will be closely monitored to detect possible problems in operability of the combustor caused by the differences in fuel characteristics. The findings may provide useful information towards optimization of microturbine performance, considering the wide range of biodiesel feedstock that exist. The paper outcome will show the potential of non-edible biodiesel blends to be used as alternative fuel in microturbines for power generation.
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