Dealing with the excessive glycerol from biodiesel production is now becoming a dilemma to the industry. The crude glycerol possesses very low value due to the impurities present. There is an urgent demand that alternative yet value-added applications have to be found to ensure biodiesel industry’s stronger and healthier growth.
An applied research will be conducted on crude glycerol for value-added new uses. The PI’s ultimate goal is to develop a technology that converts the low-grade glycerol into methanol and/or ethanol, and to reuse them back to biodiesel production with further sustainability. This goal will be achieved through several objectives. The objective of this project is to conduct a process investigation on glycerol hydro-thermochemical conversion, and an engineering evaluation on the technology. Successful accomplishment of the project will contribute to the current knowledge base on utilization of crude glycerol and benefit the whole biodiesel industry. The expected outcomes include (1) a good understanding on glycerol conversion to primary alcohols to contribute to the scientific knowledge base, (2) a technology of glycerol hydro-thermochemical conversion to primary alcohols to solve the challenging difficulty facing the biodiesel industry, and (3) provide opportunities to train undergraduate and graduate students for the biofuel industry.