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Technical note: An approximate examination of the effects of esterification on the EROEI of biodiesel fuels

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Heat balance calculations on esterification of plant oil to make biodiesel are performed using recently published information from a laboratory reactor. It is concluded that such energy is relatively small and that attempts to improve the EROEI of biodiesels should not focus on the esterification process. [Received: January 8, 2009; Accepted: September 25, 2009]

Keywords: biodiesel, esterification, energy return on energy invested, EROEI, biofuels, heat balance, plant oil

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