Sustainable development aspects of biodiesel production and application in Brazil

O. Valente*, M. Silva, R. Ávila, J. Vianna, J. Sodré

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Abstract

Concerns about climate change effects have prompted many countries to search for solutions to reduce fossil fuel consumption. In the last few years biodiesel production has gained world attention, as it is seen as a sustainable and renewable energy source. Biodiesel is a natural substitute for diesel oil, and can be obtained from different oleaginous plants. However, there are worries about devastation of forests and biodiversity-rich areas to produce biodiesel. Even considering biodiesel as a promising solution, the impacts of its production must be carefully evaluated. This work examines the Brazilian scenario for biodiesel production and use as an automotive fuel. Native and adapted oleaginous in many Brazilian regions and their potentiality for biodiesel production are presented. Experimental results of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a diesel power generator fuelled by blends of diesel oil and castor oil or soybean biodiesel are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Development and Planning IV
PublisherWIT Press
Pages733-742
Number of pages10
Volume120
ISBN (Print)9781845641818
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Event4th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning, Sustainable Development 2009 - , Cyprus
Duration: 13 May 200915 May 2009

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning, Sustainable Development 2009
CountryCyprus
Period13/05/0915/05/09

Bibliographical note

© 2009 WIT Press

Keywords

  • Biodiesel
  • Emissions
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable development

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