Biofuels is an alternative source of energy that is derived mainly from biomass materials. The most popular type of biofuels that can be used as an alternative for petroleum fuels are the bioethanol and biodiesel.

The Department of Chemical Engineering in UPLB is one of the leading institutions on biofuel researches in the University. Since 2006, it has been creating various programs for the development and commercialization of potential feedstocks for biodiesel and bioethanol production. Through years of extensive research, the Department has successfully optimized the Jatropha biodiesel production and pre-treatment of macroalgae (seaweeds) for bioethanol production as well as the propagation and oil extraction of microalgae for biodiesel production using photobioreactors. At present, with the support of DA-BAR and PADCC, the Department now houses the biomass resource center for the database of ligno-cellulosic feedstocks for bioethanol and bioenergy production; and the pilot-scale evaporation system in support for sweet sorghum initiatives for bioethanol and/or syrup production.

To know more of the newest biofuel developments, you may visit the Department of Chemical Engineering Website.

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