What is it about?
This research proves that the Co-Ca loaded SiO2-Al2O3 is a viable catalyst in the deoxygenation (DO) process which produces hydrocarbon-based green diesel. The researchers managed to confirm efficiency of silica-alumina (SA) supported NiO-CaO deoxygenizing triglycerides-based feedstock in a previous study. However, the SA catalyst is not coke-resistant. In the present study, the researchers used the aforementioned mesoporous acid-base catalyst which proves to yield higher and more consistent DO activity. The formation of coke is still reported in this study due to usage of non-edible oil with high content of unsaturated alkyl fatty acid.
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Why is it important?
This study is bound to improve the biomass conversion process (deoxygenation) of high selectivity hydrocarbon-based biofuel. The progress of the biomass conversion process potentially signifies that the production of quality green diesel can be done at a more economically-friendly and less complex manner. Undoubtedly, advancement in this area may offer a sustainable alternative to fossil fuel, preventing depletion of natural resources and resolving energy crisis.
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This page is a summary of: Promoting deoxygenation of triglycerides via Co-Ca loaded SiO 2 -Al 2 O 3 catalyst, Applied Catalysis A General, February 2018, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcata.2017.12.020.
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