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An approach to the economics of two vegetable oil-based biofuels in Spain


  • Dorado, M.P.
  • Cruz, F.
  • Palomar, J.M.
  • López, F.J.


Biodiesel is a form of renewable energy that provides a less polluting fuel for diesel engines with minimal reduced engine performance as a result of a slight power loss and specific fuel consumption increase. To extend the use of biodiesel, the main concern is the economic viability of producing biodiesel. This study identified that the price of the feedstock was one of the most significant factors. Also, glycerol was found to be a valuable by-product that could reduce the final manufacturing costs of the process up to 6.5%, depending on the raw feedstock used. Biodiesel can only compete with diesel fuel prices.

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  • Dorado, M.P. & Cruz, F. & Palomar, J.M. & López, F.J., 2006. "An approach to the economics of two vegetable oil-based biofuels in Spain," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 31(8), pages 1231-1237.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:renene:v:31:y:2006:i:8:p:1231-1237
    DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2005.06.010

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    3. Agarwal, Deepak & Kumar, Lokesh & Agarwal, Avinash Kumar, 2008. "Performance evaluation of a vegetable oil fuelled compression ignition engine," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 33(6), pages 1147-1156.
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    10. Al-Jammal, Noor & Al-Hamamre, Zayed & Alnaief, Mohammad, 2016. "Manufacturing of zeolite based catalyst from zeolite tuft for biodiesel production from waste sunflower oil," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 93(C), pages 449-459.
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    13. Russi, Daniela, 2008. "An integrated assessment of a large-scale biodiesel production in Italy: Killing several birds with one stone?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 1169-1180, March.

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