Combining technology with liquid-formulated lipases for In-Spec biodiesel production

Chinmayi Bhatt, Per Munk Nielsen, Anders Rancke-Madsen, John M Woodley

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Abstract

Enzymatic biodiesel production has been at the forefront of biofuels research in recent decades thanks to the significant environmental advantages it offers, while having the potential to be as effective as conventional chemically catalysed biodiesel production. However, the higher capital cost, longer reaction time, and sensitivity of enzyme processes have restricted their widespread industrial adoption so far. It is also posited that the lack of research to bring the biodiesel product into final specification has scuppered industrial confidence in the viability of the enzymatic process. Furthermore, the vast majority of literature has focused on the development of immobilised enzyme processes, which seem too costly (and risky) to be used industrially. There has been little focus on liquid lipase formulations such as the Eversa Transform 2.0, which is in fact already used commercially for triglyceride transesterification. It is the objective of this review to highlight new research that focuses on bringing enzymatically produced biodiesel into specification via a liquid lipase polishing process, and the process considerations that come with it. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
ISSN0885-4513
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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