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EPA Grant Number: SU834699
Title: Integration of Systems Engineering and Process Intensification in the Design of Processes for Utilizing Biobased Glycerol

A team of students from the University of Kentucky are developing a process to utilize crude glycerol produced from biodiesel production in a way that improves the economic performance of the process. Biodiesel is an important renewable motor fuel. However, the production of biodiesel from oils and fats also generates glycerol as a side product. Developing economically viable uses for crude glycerol can potentially improve not only the economic performance of biodiesel production operations, but also increase carbon capture to reduce greenhouse gases.

Challenge Area(s): Materials and Chemicals, Energy

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