Mustard flavoured biodiesel

Science Alert Australia & New Zealand reports that while canola oil is the most widely used feedstock for biodiesel in Western Australia mustard oil can offer a cheaper alternative for growers in drier areas to help them become more self sufficient.

The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) researcher, Margaret Campbell said mustards were very reasonable canola substitutes because they were more drought tolerant and could be grown in drier areas where canola didn’t do well.

In Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation supported projects, the oils from locally grown Indian and Ethiopian mustards were good feedstocks for biodiesel because they had more than 40 per cent oil, were cheaper to grow than canola and could produce comparatively high seed yields.

Riverland Oilseed Processors in Pinjarra recently produced more than 20,000 litres of oil from crushed WA grown mustard, which was subsequently processed by O’Connor-based company, Bioworks.

Bioworks found mustard biodiesel easier to produce than canola biodiesel because the suspended particulate matter in canola oil needed more chemical processing.

Mustard oils also have a low melting point and the erucic acid content provides good lubricating qualities for the fuel.

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2 Responses

  1. Very Interesting. Mustard is a hardy crop, grown with minimum efforts and economically in Australia.
    since i am associated with Mustard for 12 years, look forward to seek more info for biofuel.
    my strength is to work on new hybrids for tropical conditions.

  2. GREAT NEWS FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA ABOUT MUSTARD FOR BIOFUEL
    ALSO I AM LOOKING TO PLANT OIL PALM IN NORTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA ,NT OR QUEENLAND.ALSO LIKE TO GROW SWEET SORGHUM AND SUGARCANE ON THOSE STATES AND EXPERIMENT WITH JATROPHA,DIESEL TREE,PONGAMIA,SWEET POTATOE S,SOY ,GROUNDNUTS,CASTOR BEANS AND MANDIOCA CULTIVATION FOR THE PRODUCTION OF BIOFUELS,THE PRICE OF OIL MAKES THEM MORE PROFITABLE EVERY DAY

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