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Advanced Technologies in Biodiesel by Aminul Islam Islam, Yun Hin Taufig-Yap

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CHAPTER 5

Recent Practice in Biodiesel Production

The depletion of the reserves and the uncertain political situation in some oil-producing countries are leading to a rapid increase in the cost of crude oil. Understanding the barriers to acquiring an adequate supply of multiple feedstocks is a challenge because of the simultaneous and ongoing interactions between energy markets and feedstock production on the one hand and feedstock, food/fiber, and wood product sectors on the other. Energy prices that are high enough, relative to the cost of producing biofuels, could induce a level of biofuel production and, thus, feedstock demand that exceeds the levels implied by mandates. Although the biodiesel industry has experienced tremendous growth, raw ...

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