Design and control of an energy integrated biodiesel process

Anton A. Kiss, Costin Sorin Bildea

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This work presents the design and plantwide control of energy integrated biodiesel processes based on reactive distillation (RD) and reactive absorption (RA). In spite of the high degree of integration, the processes are well controllable using efficient control structures, as clearly shown by the results of rigorous simulations in Aspen Plus Dynamics. These heat-integrated RD and RA processes eliminate all conventional catalyst related operations, efficiently uses the raw materials and the reactor volume offering complete conversion of the fatty acids and allowing significant energy savings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-190
Number of pages5
JournalComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Jun 20 2011


  • Heat-integration
  • Plantwide control
  • Reactive absorption
  • Reactive distillation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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