The next generation of biodiesel
Waste fatty acids converted into alkanes are useful for the energy and transportation sectors. Traditional methods of conversion use fatty acid methyl esters. The EU-funded BioAlkane project will provide a field test for the economic and ecological feasibility of a new concept for the valorisation of waste fatty acids as alkanes. The project will employ a new catalyst class (photodecarboxylases) to establish an entirely new method to convert fatty acids into alkanes. BioAlkane will use an innovative photoreactor design to overcome existing restrictions of photobiocatalysis, such as low quantum efficiency due to low light penetration into the reactor. The project will also demonstrate the scalability and viability of a new generation of biodiesel.
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