Document Type : Regular Article
Department of Oils, Oleochemicals and Surfactants Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India-400019
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India-835215
This research presents a novel approach for the production of Rice Bran fatty acid ethyl esters as biodiesel by utilizing Rice Bran Fatty Acid Distillate (FAD) and Ethanol from Sugar factories. The use of Aspergillus Oryzae based Liquid Lipase (Eversa® Transform 2.0 FG) as a catalyst, along with the recycling of the separated emulsion layer, showcases a unique methodology. Additionally, the incorporation of ethanol as a solvent and the implementation of a top-up dosage of lipase in consecutive experiments demonstrate an innovative strategy for enzyme recycling, achieving high conversion rates. The surprising by-product of non-contaminated water, easily reusable in other applications, further distinguishes this research, contributing to a more sustainable and cost-effective biodiesel production process.