Chapter 5. Process Technologies for Biodiesel Production

  1. Wim Soetaert and
  2. Erick J. Vandamme
  1. Martin Mittelbach

Published Online: 16 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470754108.ch5



How to Cite

Mittelbach, M. (2009) Process Technologies for Biodiesel Production, in Biofuels (eds W. Soetaert and E. J. Vandamme), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470754108.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Biocatalysis, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Author Information

  1. Department of Renewable Resources, Institute of Chemistry, Karl-Franzens-University, Graz, Austria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Renewable Resources

Book Series Editors:

  1. Christian V. Stevens

Series Editor Information

  1. Faculty of Bioscience-engineering, Department of Organic Chemistry, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470026748

Online ISBN: 9780470754108



  • process technologies for biodiesel production;
  • feedstocks for biodiesel production;
  • chemical principles of biodiesel production;
  • fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEE);
  • transesterification and esterification reaction catalysts;
  • heterogeneous catalysts;
  • transesterification in supercritical alcohols;
  • process technologies;
  • FAME reach permeates


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Biodiesel Production Worldwide

  • Feedstocks for Biodiesel Production

  • Chemical Principles of Biodiesel Production

  • Catalysts for Transesterification and Esterification Reactions

  • Transesterification in Supercritical Alcohols

  • Alternative Approaches

  • Overview of Process Technologies

  • References