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Buhari et al

Greener Journal of  Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (2), pp. 022-026, March 2014.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 1219131042

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2014.2.1219131042

 

Production of Biodiesel from Baobab Seed Oil

 

*1M. Buhari, W. L. Danbature, M. M. Muzakir, and B. A. Abubakar

 

Department of Chemistry, Gombe State University, P.M.B. 127, Gombe, Nigeria.

 

*Corresponding Author’s Email: magaji.buhari @ yahoo.co.uk

Abstract:

Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable and environmentally friendly fuel for use in diesel engines. It can overcome the problem associated with fossil fuels such as its non-renewability, polluting nature and its global politics which is a matter of concern to many nations. In this research, biodiesel was produced from the seed oil of baobab (Adansonia digitata) with methanol in the ratio of 5:1 (v/v) of the oil to alcohol. After the crude oil extract was transesterified, the viscosity of the biodiesel was 0.859cm-2, the cloud, the pour, and the flash points obtained were 10oC, 20oC and 17oC respectively. From the results it was clear that the produced biodiesel fuel was within the recommended standards of the biodiesel fuel and so can be used as fossil fuel substitute.
 
Keywords: Baobab seeds, Biodiesel, Free fatty acid, viscosity.

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