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Advanced Technologies In Biodiesel by Yun Hin Taufiq-Yap, Aminul Islam

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CHAPTER 1

Introduction to Biodiesel

The enormous worldwide use of diesel fuel and the rapid depletion of crude oil reserves have prompted keen interest and exhaustive research into suitable alternative fuel. Currently, the world’s growing thirst for oil amounts to almost 1000 barrels a second (Armaroli and Balzani 2007). In consequence, the inadequacy of fossil fuel and increases in the demand of energy are the driving forces concerning the future energy security around the world. Thus, the most important strategic issue of the 21st century states as the struggle for existence is the struggle for sustainable energy. Sustainable energy is energy that has minimal negative impacts on human health and the healthy functioning of vital ecological ...

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