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Intensified processes for FAME production from waste cooking oil: a technological review

Abstract : This article reviews the intensification of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) production from waste cooking oil (WCO) using innovative process equipment. In particular, it addresses the intensification of WCO feedstock transformation by transesterification, esterification and hydrolysis reactions. It also discusses catalyst choice and product separation. FAME production can be intensified via the use of a number of process equipment types, including as cavitational reactors, oscillatory baffled reactors, microwave reactors, reactive distillation, static mixers and microstructured reactors. Furthermore, continuous flow equipment that integrate both reaction and separation steps appear to be the best means for intensifying FAME production. Heterogeneous catalysts have also shown to provide attractive results in terms of reaction performance in certain equipment, such as microwave reactors and reactive distillation.
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Alex Mazubert, Martine Poux, Joelle Aubin. Intensified processes for FAME production from waste cooking oil: a technological review. Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier, 2013, vol. 233, pp. 201-223. ⟨10.1016/j.cej.2013.07.063⟩. ⟨hal-00875872⟩

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