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Bioresour Technol. 2011 Apr;102(7):4759-65. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2011.01.026. Epub 2011 Jan 22.

Glycerol extracting dealcoholization for the biodiesel separation process.

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College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, 361005 Fujian, China.


By means of utilizing sunflower oil and Jatropha oil as raw oil respectively, the biodiesel transesterification production and the multi-stage extracting separation were carried out experimentally. Results indicate that dealcoholized crude glycerol can be utilized as the extracting agent to achieve effective separation of methanol from the methyl ester phase, and the glycerol content in the dealcoholized methyl esters is as low as 0.02 wt.%. For the biodiesel separation process utilizing glycerol extracting dealcoholization, its technical and equipment information were acquired through the rigorous process simulation in contrast to the traditional biodiesel distillation separation process, and results show that its energy consumption decrease about 35% in contrast to that of the distillation separation process. The glycerol extracting dealcoholization has sufficient feasibility and superiority for the biodiesel separation process.

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