Assessment of Environmental Impacts and Energy of Biodiesel Production from Chicken Fat by Life Cycle Assessment Method

Document Type: Research Article


1 Department of Mechanical Engineering of Biosystem, Shahrekord University, Iran

2 Department of mechanical engineering of biosystem, Shahrekord University, Iran


To preserve fossil fuel sources and reduce environmental pollution, it is necessary to use higher quality and more efficient fuels that cause lower pollution and are recovered more easily. Therefore, this study will investigate the cycle of biodiesel production from chicken fat by life-cycle assessment (LCA). To achieve this purpose, information on the amount of inputs consumed and produced by some broiler-farming units was collected using questionnaire. The value of net energy in this cycle was assessed to be a large negative number, and the energy ratio lower than one indicates high energy consumption of the production of this fuel. The net yield of biodiesel production was 0.574 liter-biodiesel per kg of waste fat. In the cycle, the greatest impact of pollutants was exerted on the Marine aquatic ecotoxicity intoxication and the least effect on ozone depletion. According to the global warming index, production of 1 liter of biodiesel yielded 1.90 kg CO2, and the depletion rate of fossil fuel sources for the production of 1 liter of biodiesel was obtained 21.35 MJ. The production of biodiesel from chicken slaughterhouse waste fat is considered a kind of energy recycling and is an effort to reduce environmental pollution.


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