Chapter 7. Biodiesel from Vegetable Oils

  1. Alain A. Vertès2,
  2. Nasib Qureshi3,
  3. Hans P. Blaschek4 and
  4. Hideaki Yukawa5
  1. Jon Van Gerpen

Published Online: 12 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750025.ch7

Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries

Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries

How to Cite

Van Gerpen, J. (2010) Biodiesel from Vegetable Oils, in Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries (eds A. A. Vertès, N. Qureshi, H. P. Blaschek and H. Yukawa), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470750025.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Sloan Fellowship, London Business School, UK

  2. 3

    Bioenergy Research, United States Department of Agriculture, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, IL, USA

  3. 4

    Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition and The Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA

  4. 5

    Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology Group, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Kyoto, Japan

Author Information

  1. Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470513125

Online ISBN: 9780470750025



  • biodiesel from vegetable oils;
  • vegetable oils as diesel fuels;
  • National Soy Diesel Development Board;
  • volatile organic fraction (VOF) and soot fraction;
  • renewable diesel;
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification;
  • CANMET Energy Technology Centre - technologies for hydrotreating vegetable oils, animal fats;
  • biodiesel production;
  • biodiesel purification


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Use of Vegetable Oils as Diesel Fuels

  • Renewable Diesel

  • Properties

  • Biodiesel Production

  • Transesterification

  • Biodiesel Purification

  • Perspective

  • References