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There is a challenge for mass production of transport green/biofuels that will replace conventional fossil fuels and, at the same time, meet the high demand for energy while reducing associated… read more

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There is a challenge for mass production of transport green/biofuels that will replace conventional fossil fuels and, at the same time, meet the high demand for energy while reducing associated harmful emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). This drive for cleaner energy motivated researches on electric cars to replace fossil engines in the near future. However, the downside of these electric cars' innovation is the unethical exploitation of raw materials for battery manufacture which, in one instance, about 35,000 children work as cobalt miners in Democratic Republic of Congo which mines 60 per cent of the world's cobalt.

Biofuels could act as alternative to fossil fuels to be used as liquid or gaseous transport fuels such as bio gasoline and biodiesel which are made from biomass. However, these biofuels must be produced sustainably to avoid affecting the environment or social sustainability. Therefore, indirect land use change (ILUC) that encourage removal of trees for biofuel production, may result in an increase of net greenhouse gases (GHGs) instead of a decrease and must be discourage. In this light, biomass sourced from waste resources are more viable for biofuel production.

Therefore, the aim of my research is to further investigate the level of bio-oil that could be co-process into fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) to produce biofuels.

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