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Glossary item | Last updated: 27 Aug 2023


A class of compounds originating from the hydrolysis of triglycerides into fatty acids, followed by the addition of an alcohol group on the end of the fatty acid. These are produced during transesterification. The methyl-esters from the conversion of vegetable oil are called biodiesel.

Darzins, A., Pienkos, P. and Edye, L., 2010, Current status and potential for algal biofuels production. A report to IEA Bioenergy Task 39, Report T39-T2, August 2010.

Source category: Scientific & Technical Literature