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Life Cycle Assessment of a Pilot Scale Farm-Based Biodiesel Plant

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dc.contributor.advisor Lubitz, William David
dc.contributor.advisor Nicol, Rob
dc.contributor.advisor Dias, Goretty
dc.contributor.author Wasserman, Eli Shawn Jordan
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-07T18:34:28Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-07T18:34:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2013-05
dc.date.created 2013-04-29
dc.date.issued 2013-05-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/6644
dc.description.abstract This study used environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) to investigate waste vegetable oil (WVO) biodiesel production at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES). CARES production data and Natural Resources Canada’s GHGenius LCA data were utilized to conduct a well-to-gate LCA. A range of scenarios were studied including using soybean oil feedstock and implementing methanol recovery. Results suggest that methanol is the environmental bottleneck of the WVO biodiesel production system. Results also suggest soybean biodiesel production released more GHG emissions and consumed more energy than both WVO biodiesel or petroleum diesel production. LCA is an iterative process. Due to the study’s limited scope, and status as a screening study, it is recommended that the study of the impacts of the CARES facility be redone with more reliable facility data, that it include the anaerobic digester, as well as a well-to-wheels boundary. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship University of Guelph en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Life Cycle Assessment en_US
dc.subject Biodiesel en_US
dc.subject Waste Vegetable Oil en_US
dc.subject Soybean Oil en_US
dc.subject Farm en_US
dc.title Life Cycle Assessment of a Pilot Scale Farm-Based Biodiesel Plant en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Engineering en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Applied Science en_US
dc.degree.department School of Engineering en_US
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