Analysis of oil quality and content from different Kenyan land races of Croton megalocarpus

The increasing industrialization and motorization of the world has led to a steep rise in demand of petroleum-based fuels. Today, fossil fuels constitute 80% of the primary energy consumed in the world, of which 58% alone is consumed by the transport sector. The sources of these fossil fuels are becoming exhausted, but in addition they are contributing to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These factors have prompted a move towards alternative, renewable, sustainable, efficient and cost-effective energy sources with lesser emissions. Biofuels have been identified as being environmentally friendly in that they are renewable, biodegradable and generate acceptable quality of exhaust gases. In this study, we will characterize biodiesel quality from different Croton landraces in Kenya.
L’industrialisation et la motorisation croissantes du monde ont mené à une forte élévation de la demande des carburants basés essentiellement sur le pétrole. Aujourd’hui, les combustibles fossiles constituent 80% de l’énergie primaire consommée dans le monde, dont 58% seuls sont consommés par le secteur de transport. Les sources de ces combustibles fossiles sont entrain de s’épuiser, mais en plus elles contribuent aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GHG). Ces facteurs ont incité un mouvement vers les sources d’énergie alternative, renouvelables, durables, efficaces et rentables avec peu d’émissions. Les biofuels ont été identifiés en tant que non nuisible à l’environnement du fait qu’ils sont renouvelables, biodégradable et produisent de la qualité acceptable des gaz d’échappement. Dans cette étude, nous caractériserons la qualité de biodiesel de différents cochons de Croton au Kenya.
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