Conversion of used Cooking Oil to Vehicle-Grade Hydrocarbons: A Case Study and Analysis


Ujjawal, Anand Prem Rajan

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore Tamil Nadu

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Increment in vitality request, stringent outflow standards and consumption of oil assets have driven the scientists to discover elective energy sources for internal ignition motors. Then again, squander oils represent an intense situation challenge in light of their transfer issues everywhere throughout the world. In this unique situation, squander oils, particularly waste cooking oils are as of now accepting recharged intrigue. The properties of the oil got from waste cooking oils were broke down and contrasted and the oil-based commodities and found that it has properties like that of diesel. This paper gives a concise audit about utilizing waste cooking oil as a fuel for diesel motors. The various strategies for change of waste cooking oil is displayed. The outcomes got from the exploratory examinations on a diesel motor are talked about.


KEYWORDS: Conversion, Cooking Oil, Vehicle-Grade Hydrocarbons



In recent years, there has been a steep rise in the use of alternative and blended fuels because of essential security, biological concerns and money related reasons. Rising oil expenses and depletion of oil stores, coupled with international tensions regarding fossil fuel resources require better choices of options of energy from non-renewable energy sources. With the rise in awareness for pollution expedited by non-renewable energy sources, for instance, oil, coal and petroleum gas, elective and inexhaustible supplies of energy, for instance, biodiesel are coming in prominence. The overuse of these vital sources over various years have adversely influenced the overall temperature levels with disturbing increment in the same.


In this regard, civil and municipal organisations are increasingly viewing civil and mechanical squanders that contain high calorific value. For example, waste plastics oil (WPO), waste cooking oil (WCO), and waste lubricant oil (WLO) are viewed as proficient feedstocks for energy generation in a Waste-to-Energy routine. With respect to the Indian Subcontinent, this problem gets compounded in the case of Waste Cooking Oil (WCO), which is difficult to manage for the following reasons:

       There is no orderly squander transfer framework for cooking oil in India.

       It is frequently dumped into wastewater which contaminates water bodies, new water assets and soil.

       Oil is lighter than water and will in general spread into far and wide layers which thwarts the oxygenation of water. Along these lines, a solitary litre of oil can debase as much as 1 million litres of water. Likewise, oil can harden on funnels inciting blockages.

       Reuse of eatable oil is wild in India since ages which poses genuine medical issues.


Due to these issues, it becomes imperative to utilise used cooking oil to try and convert to biofuel for immediate use in the vehicles at a commercial scale. The main objective of this paper is to analyse by means of literature review the different methods of production of biofuel from waste cooking oil and its comparison with European grade commercial fuel standards.



The most well-known approach to create biodiesel is by transesterification, which alludes to a catalysed synthetic response including vegetable oil and an alcoholic compound to yield unsaturated fat alkyl esters (i.e., biodiesel) and glycerol. Triacylglycerols (triglycerides), as the fundamental part of vegetable oil, comprise of three long chain unsaturated fatty acids esterified to a glycerol spine. At the point when triacylglycerols respond with an alcohol (e.g., methanol), the three unsaturated fatty acid chains are discharged from the glycerol skeleton and consolidate with the alcohol to yield unsaturated fat alkyl esters (e.g., unsaturated fat methyl esters). Glycerol is delivered as a result. Methanol is the most usually utilized alcohol as a result of its minimal effort and hence is the alcohol of choice in the procedures detailed in this investigation. When all is said in done, a huge overabundance of methanol is utilized to catalyse the reaction to the favoured side.


Transesterification responses can be acid catalysed, alkali catalysed or catalyst catalysed. The first two sorts have gotten the best consideration and are the focal point of this article. Concerning the chemical catalysed framework, it requires an any longer response time than the other two frameworks and hence is currently uneconomical in the practical sense.



A business scale ceaseless soluble base-catalysed transesterification procedure to create methyl esters on the modern scale under high weight (90 bar) and at high temperature (240 C) was exhibited by Kreutzer (1984). Notwithstanding, high energy utilization, a significant increment in gear expense and procedural wellbeing issues identified with, for instance, high weight and high temperature, could make this procedure restrictive. The procedure at present comprises of a transesterification reactor, a methanol/glycerol refining section and a methyl ester distillatory segment. The distillation section was additionally used to isolate methanol from bio-diesel and glycerol. The methanol was reused to the transesterification reactor and multi-organize water washing was utilized to purge the biodiesel item. The above mechanical assembling data on bio-diesel generation framed the guideline reason for the structure of the soluble base catalysed forms in this investigation.


One impediment to the soluble base-catalysed procedure is its affectability to the virtue of reactants; the salt catalysed framework is touchy to both water and free unsaturated fats. The nearness of water may cause ester saponification under basic conditions. Additionally, free unsaturated fats can respond with a soluble base impetus to deliver cleansers and water. Saponification devours the salt impetus, yet in addition the subsequent cleansers can cause the arrangement of emulsions. Emulsion development makes diculties in downstream recuperation and purification of the biodiesel. Subsequently, dried out vegetable oil with under 0.5 wt.% free unsaturated fats, an anhydrous soluble base impetus and anhydrous liquor are fundamental for industrially suitable antacid catalysed frameworks.



In spite of its insensitivity toward free unsaturated fats in the feedstock, corrosive acid-catalysed transesterification has been to a great extent overlooked primarily in light of its generally slower response rate. Freedman et al. (1984) explored the transesterification of soybean oil with methanol utilizing 1 wt.% concentrated sulfuric acid (in methanol). They found that at 65 C and a molar proportion of 30:1 methanol to oil, it took 69 hours to acquire over 90% oil change to methyl esters. In further investigations, it was discovered that expanded ester changes could be gotten at expanded molar proportions of liquor to oil, expanded response temperatures, expanded centralizations of sulfuric corrosive, and longer response times. In any case, conceivable connection of these factors was not explored and ideal conditions for the corrosive catalysed response were not suggested. Then again, Nye et al. (1983) proposed utilizing hexane as an extraction dissolvable to cleanse the methyl esters from different substances. This purification technique was utilized in one of the plans of the corrosive catalysed process in this examination.


Investigations of the corrosive catalysed framework have been extremely constrained in number. No business biodiesel plants to date have been accounted for to utilize the corrosive catalysed process. In spite of its moderately moderate response rate, the corrosive catalysed process oers benefits as for its autonomy from free unsaturated fat substance and the con-sequent nonattendance of a pre-treatment step. These focal points support the utilization of the corrosive catalysed process when utilizing waste cooking oil as the crude material.



Studies exhibit that WCO and its mixes has a lower ignition delay (Enweremadu and Rutto, 2010; Rao et al., 2008; Sinha and Agarwal, 2005). A conceivable clarification for lower start ignition times of WCO and its mix with increment in the level of WCO may be because of higher octane number of WCO and its mixes contrasted with diesel. Another conceivable clarification might be the nearness of oxygen present in WCO and the parting of higher atoms of WCO, for example, oleic and linoleic unsaturated fat methyl esters into lower particles of unstable mixes during infusion which advances the beginning of burning causing prior start. The decrease in start delay with increment in burden may be because of higher ignition chamber divider temperature at the hour of infusion and diminished fumes gas weakening (Enweremadu and Rutto, 2010).


A point by point study on the impacts of the level of utilized cooking oil (WCO) on burning qualities (ignition delay, rate of pressure rise, peak pressure, heat discharge) has been completed (Rao et al., 2008) heat arrival of WCO and its mixes were contrasted and that of diesel, the greatest warmth discharge pace of 71.459 J/CA was recorded for diesel at 68 BTDC, while WCO records 51.481 J/CA at 88 BTDC. The outcomes demonstrate that the most extreme warmth discharge rate diminishes with increment in level of WCO in the mix. It can likewise be seen that greatest warmth discharge rate happens prior with the expansion in the level of WCO in the mix. The perceptions made for the pace of warmth discharge may likewise be credited to the decrease in start postponement of WCO and its diesel mixes and can be clarified along these lines as the pace of weight rise. Likewise, lower calorific estimation of WCO and its mixes may add to lower warmth discharge (Sinha and Agarwal, 2005).



This paper gives a short audit on the transformation procedure of the waste cooking oils accessible in now days so as to utilize them in Diesel Engine. From the outcomes got, it was demonstrated that the fuel got has a higher consistency and lower calorific worth; this will have a noteworthy bearing on shower arrangement and introductory ignition. The start deferral of UCO biodiesel diminishes. The pinnacle weight of UCO biodiesel and its mixes is higher than that of diesel fuel. WCO demonstrated a higher fumes gas temperature contrasted with diesel fuel. Expanded oxygen content which improves burning is a reason given for this. A moderately high difference of results has been found with respect to the emanations attributes of utilized cooking oil biodiesel as well as its mixes. A large portion of the reports recorded slight increments in NOx when contrasted with diesel at appraised load. The reasons most as often as possible given incorporate higher oxygen substance of biodiesel and its mixes and propelled infusion process with biodiesel. CO and unburned HC outflows were found to fundamentally diminish with biodiesel and its mixes because of a progressively complete ignition brought about by higher oxygen content.



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Received on 13.11.2019 Accepted on 20.12.2019 All Right Reserved

Int. J. Tech. 2019; 9(2):40-42.

DOI: 10.5958/2231-3915.2019.00009.9