DIAZ Maria Soledad
Cost minimization in a non-catalytic biodiesel production plant
SUSANA ESPINOSA; MARIA SOLEDAD DIAZ; ESTEBAN A. BRIGNOLE
COMPUTER AIDED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2009 vol. 27 p. 1159 - 1164
In the present study, we propose an optimization model for the minimization of capital and operating costs in a supercritical methanol biodiesel plant, considering alternative process schemes together with the convenience or not to use a cosolvent in the chemical reaction. A rigorous process simulation model, based on a group contribution equation of state is integrated with a successive quadratic programming algorithm to solve the nonlinear problem. Optimization results show that noncatalytic biodiesel production with supercritical methanol can be economically competitive with conventional catalyzed production.