Production of glycerol from palm kernel oil
Glycerol production using Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) as a potential raw
material was investigated. PKO was optimally hydrolyzed at 268 °C and 500psi (34 atm) pressure using only water. A 96.85 percent maximum yield of the extent of hydrolysis at 61.86 percent water and 38.14 percent oil was achieved The percentage Df glycerol from the palm kernel used was 9.8 percent and a recovery of 97.02 percent was obtained from the hydrolysis. The glycerol produced was analyzed and its properties found to be within the acceptable standard.
Keywords: Glycerol, Palm Kernel Oil, Water, Hydrolysis
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