Optimization of biodiesel production from Jatropha curcas in Kenya

The non-edible vegetable oil from Jatropha curcas has been found to be a viable source for producing biodiesel. Biodiesel production from different accessions of Jatropha curcas will be compared in order to determine the highest yielding accession. The analysis of different oil properties, fuel properties and process parameter optimization will be investigated in detail. Transesterification process will be used to produce biodiesel from straight jatropha oil. The fuel properties of biodiesel produced will be compared with ASTM standards for biodiesel. The highest yielding accession will be propagated on a commercial scale of uniform quality, true-to-type, disease-free plants.
L’huile végétale non comestible de Jatropha curcas a s’est retrouvé être une source viable de production de biodiesel. La production de biodiesel à partir de différentes accessions de Jatropha curcas sera comparée afin de déterminer le plus haut rendement d’adhésion. L’analyse des propriétés de l’huile, des propriétés du carburant et l’optimisation des paramètres du procédé sera étudiée en détail. Le procédé de transestérification sera utilisé pour produire du biodiesel à partir d’huile de jatropha droite. Les propriétés du carburant de biodiesel produit seront comparées aux normes ASTM pour le biodiesel. La plus forte adhésion du rendement sera propagée à l’échelle commerciale de qualité uniforme, fidèles à la nature et des plantes indemnes de maladies.
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme agronomy".