Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/2009
Publication Date: 3/19/2012
Citation: Knothe, G.H. 2012. Vegetable oils. In: Kole, C., Joshi, C.P., and Shonnard, D.R., editors. Handbook of Bioenergy Crop Plants. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis. p. 793-810. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Biodiesel is a technically competitive alternative to petroleum-derived diesel fuel. It can be obtained from commodity oils and fats such as soybean, sunflower, canola or tallow. However, the available amounts of these biodiesel feedstocks do not suffice to satisfy the long-term need for biodiesel production. Therefore, additional feedstocks are needed. This book chapter summarizes research on emerging feedstocks for biodiesel, providing an overview on which "new" oils have been preliminarily investigated for this purpose.