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Does an Acid Ester. Increase the Sulfur Content of Biodiesel
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I hope that this was not already covered as I did search for it.

The question in my subject is one posed to me after doing several acid/base batches with a 90% great turn out. I had made one bad test batch by calculating methanol wrong, and leaving too much water in the oil.

In a conversation with a bio enthusiast recently I was asked if the use of Sulfuric Acid raises the amount of Sulfur in Biodiesel for the sake of an ASTM test.

As you can imagine, this question came from a small commercial outlet that relies on ASTM standards to sell biodiesl. I realize this is a forum for home brewers, but I cannot help tapping in to the great biodiesel minds on this forum.

I hope the compliment outweighs any offense one would take by introducing a commercial question into a homebrew forum.

Thank you.
 
Location: Orlando, FL | Registered: December 16, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Alex,
As far as I understand it, no the Sulfur content is not increased using Estrification. The Acid used is purely a catalyst which is not consumed in the estrification process. Any acid used is neutralized to it's corresponding salt during the proceeding base stage that follows estrification.

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Location: central virginia | Registered: March 13, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The sulfur should be either decanted with the byproduct or washed out. If done properly, none should remain in the fuel. There are a number of BioPro users who've esterified with Sulfuric as part of their process and have passed the ASTM tests.


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