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Biodiesel production from microalgae by direct transesterification using green solvents

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de Jesus, Sergio S. [1] ; Ferreira, Gabriela F. [1] ; Moreira, Larissa S. [2] ; Maciel Filho, Rubens [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Sch Chem Engn, Lab Optimizat Design & Adv Control, PO 6066, BR-13083852 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Rio de Janeiro, Sch Pharm, BR-21941170 Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: RENEWABLE ENERGY; v. 160, p. 1283-1294, NOV 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 13

This study evaluated the production of biodiesel from the microalgae Chlorella pyrenoidosa by direct transesterification using 2-methyltetrahydrofuran or cyclopentyl methyl ether co-solvents as an alternative to chloroform. Acid-catalyzed transesterification using hydrochloric acid was developed for biodiesel production. Biodiesel was purified by column chromatography using one of the two green solvents as eluents. The highly ecological biodiesel quality was compared to the biodiesel produced using chloroform as co-solvent. A 33 factorial design was conducted to optimize the production of fatty acid methyl esters, being the independent variables investigated: solvent and catalyst volume, solvent and catalyst ratio (methanol:co-solvent:hydrochloric acid), and temperature, with a reaction time of 150 min. Biodiesel production was mainly influenced by temperature increase. The achieved yields using cyclopentyl methyl ether, 2-methyltetrahydrofuran, and chloroform were 71-92%, 67-91%, and 61-76%, respectively. The fatty acid methyl esters profile of biodiesel produced with 2-methyltetrahydrofuran and cyclopentyl methyl ether consisted of approximately 45% polyunsaturated components. The biodiesel obtained was within the ASTM D6751 and EN 14214 standards. The replacement of fossil solvents used in direct transesterification of biomass with a green solvent resulted in a further ecological biodiesel production process towards a circular bioeconomy. (C) 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/19609-0 - Use of green solvents derived from sugarcane in the extraction of lipids and application in the production of biodiesel and synthesis of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran through bagasse
Grantee:Rubens Maciel Filho
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 10/03764-3 - Design and construction of agitated photobioreactor airlift for lipids and carbohydrates production
Grantee:Sergio Santos de Jesus
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate