• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2018, Volume: 11, Issue: 28, Pages: 1-7

Original Article

Production of Methyl Ester of Mahua (Madhuca Biodiesel) for Improving its Cold Flow Characteristics


Background: In present day scenario, energy sector of developing world is depending upon fossil fuels. To reduce this dependency on fossil fuels, new alternative sources of energy must be developed. Opting for biodiesels can be an effective approach to replace these fossil fuels. Methods: Mahua oil is used to produce the methyl ester of Mahua (Mahua biodiesel) through transestrification process. These experiments were performed for the production of Mahua biodiesel from Mahua seed oil with methanol and catalyst of KOH. Findings: The Mahua biodiesel fuel properties are compared to the requirements of American (ASTM) standards for biodiesels. Also to improve the cold flow properties of Mahua biodiesel, it was mixed with the blends of Ethanol. Improvements: Blend of 20% Ethanol with Mahua biodiesel shows better pour point and cloud point than other samples.

Keywords: Cloud Point, Ethanol, Madhuca Biodiesel, Methanol, Pour Point,Transestrification 


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