Oil Degradation Reduces Biodiesel Yield
Consistent frying of soybean oil degrades its fatty acid content, which ultimately decreases the amount of biodiesel produced, a study by four members of faculty of Covenant University has revealed.
The researchers, Dr. Vincent Efeovbokhan, Dr. Ayodeji Ayoola, Engr. Opeyemi Adeeyo and Amadosi Mosugu, all of the Chemical Engineering Department, had in their study titled, ‘Degradation of Oil during Frying and its Effects on Biodiesel Production’, investigated the effects of frying unripe plantain and sweet potato (separately) in soybean oil on the properties of the oil.
Also, the effect of the degradation of the oil on biodiesel yield obtained from the oil was considered, and they found out that low biodiesel yields were recorded as frying progressed.