Valorisation of food waste to biofuel : current trends and technological challenges

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationTheoretical Chemistry Accounts
Volume2
Issue number1
Online published19 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Demand for biofuels is rapidly growing worldwide as petroleum based fuels are finite reserves. In this context, biodiesel and bioethanol are popular biofuels that are commercially available in various countries. Biofuels can be prepared from edible biomass. However, this is already generating food versus fuel debate among the members of civil societies. Therefore, there are needs to synthesize biofuels from nonedible waste materials. Food wastes can be utilized as resources for the production of biodiesel and bioethanol since they contain significant amount of lipids and carbohydrates. In future, industrial production of biodiesel and bioethanol from food waste can contribute to resolve the waste disposal, energy scarcity and energy security problems.

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  • Biodiesel, Bioethanol, Biofuel, Food waste, Sustainable chemistry

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