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Recycling waste cooking oil into biodiesel: A life cycle assessment

TitleRecycling waste cooking oil into biodiesel: A life cycle assessment
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRipa, M., Buonaurio C., Mellino S., Fiorentino Gabriella, and Ulgiati S.
JournalInternational Journal of Performability Engineering
KeywordsAlternative fuels, Biodiesel, Biodiesel production, biofuels, Biorecycling, Commercial facilities, Developing countries, Energy utilization, Environmental damage, Environmental effectiveness, Environmental problems, life cycle, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Oil shale, Oils and fats, Recycling, Waste cooking oil, Waste disposal, waste management

Production activities are always accompanied by energy consumption and waste generation; the basic environmental issue in industrial and developing countries worldwide still is how to best identify and manage waste streams while at same time recovering their energy content. In this paper, starting from the evidence that the conventional disposal of waste cooking oil (WCO) causes severe environmental problems, a new way to recover and reuse this oil is explored. Collection of cooking oils and fats from residential and commercial facilities and treatment to biofuel is investigated as a case study in the Campania Region (Italy). There have been recent developments in recycling techniques for conversion of WCO into biodiesel: in such a way, environmental damage can be minimized by also meeting the need for alternative fuels. The aim of this study is dual. Firstly, it assesses the environmental effectiveness of biodiesel production from WCO, secondly, it identifies hotspots throughout the entire biodiesel production chain and suggests future improvements. © RAMS Consultants Printed in India.


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Citation KeyRipa2014347