oa CSIR Science Scope - Adding value to biodiesel by-products
Biodiesel is a fatty acid ester derived from fats and oils obtained from biological material. One of the major sources of biodiesel is oils produced from oilseeds such as soya bean and sunflower. The CSIR is conducting an extensive research programme in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology to develop new processes and applications for the soya oilcake - a high-protein by-product stream produced after removal of the oil. The by-product stream typically comprises 60-80% of the total weight of an oilseed, thereby making its sales value critical to ensure the economic viability of such processing plants.
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