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Prospects of biodiesel from Jatropha in Malaysia

journal contribution
posted on 30.11.2018, 00:00 by M Mofijur, HH Masjuki, MA Kalam, MA Hazrat, AM Liaquat, M Shahabuddin, M Varman
The increasing energy demands along with the expected depletion of fossil fuels have promoted to search for alternative fuels that can be obtained from renewable energy resources. Biodiesel as a renewable energy resource has drawn the attention of many researchers and scientists because its immense potential to be part of a sustainable energy mix in near future. This report attempts to compile the findings on current global and Malaysian energy scenario, potential of biodiesel as a renewable energy source, biodiesel policies and standards, practicability of Jatropha curcas as a biodiesel source in Malaysia as well as impact of biodiesel from Jatropha curcas. Final part of this report also describes the development of biodiesel market in Malaysia. The paper found that Jatropha curcas is one of the cheapest biodiesel feedstock and it possesses the amicable fuel properties with higher oil contents compared to others. Being non edible oil seed feedstocks it will not affect food price and spur the food versus fuel dispute. Jatropha can be substituted significantly for oil imports. Jatropha biodiesel has potential to reduce GHG emission than diesel fuel and it can be used in diesel engine with similar performance of diesel fuel. Jatropha curcas has an immense contribution to develop rural livelihoods too. Finally biodiesel production from Jatropha is eco-friendly and offers many social and economical benefits for Malaysia and can play an increasingly significant role to fulfill the energy demand in Malaysia.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

16

Issue

7

Start Page

5007

End Page

5020

Number of Pages

14

ISSN

1364-0321

Publisher

Elsevier

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

03/05/2012

External Author Affiliations

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews