Promising future for biodiesel: Superstructure optimization from feed to fuel

Thien An Huynh*, Mattia Rossi, Maryam Raeisi, Meik B. Franke, Flavio Manenti, Edwin Zondervan

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


A superstructure model for maximizing the profit of biodiesel production is presented in this work. The superstructure encompasses a wide range of feedstocks (e.g., waste cooking oil, tallow, rapeseed oil and algae), conventional reaction and separation equipment (e.g., continuous stirred tank reactor, decanter and vacuum distillation) and intensified operation units such as membrane reactor and reactive distillation column. The superstructure model is implemented in Advanced Interactive Multidimensional Modeling (AIMMS). The results present an optimal design of a biodiesel production process from waste cooking oil and tallow with a heterogeneous acid catalyst, a reactive distillation column and additional purification steps for producing pure glycerol which is 40% higher in price than technical glycerol. The total annual profit of the biodiesel production from waste cooking oil is 828,697 USD and from tallow is 976,450 USD. The results show that the combination of feedstock selection and implementation of advanced processing technologies to improve biodiesel production can be achieved with the superstructure optimization method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946


  • Biodiesel
  • Design
  • Optimization
  • Superstructure
  • NLA


Dive into the research topics of 'Promising future for biodiesel: Superstructure optimization from feed to fuel'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this