Camelina Oil Biodiesel

By Rick Da Tech


Camelina for BiodieselCamelina is listed as being adapted to the flax-growing regions of the northern Midwest (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota). It is a promising low input crop for these areas. It can be seeded in winter or spring and has potential for double croping. It has potential as an oilseed crop for biodiesel. Various studies have placed the oil content of camelina between 29% and 41%. Oil yields run 250 to 400 gallons per acre.

In some parts of the US Camelina is looking very good as a poteintial oilseed for biodiesel.The fatty acids in camelina oil are primarily unsaturated, with only about 12% being saturated. About 54% of the fatty acids are polyunsaturated, primarily linoleic (18:2) and linolenic (18:3), and 34% are monounsaturated, primarily oleic (18:1) and eicosenoic (20:1). This makes it a better cold weather fuel than soy methyl esters, but with a higher gel point than canola methyl esters. 



Related Links

Camelina Production in Montana

Possibilities of growing Camelina sativa in ecological cultivation - Elina Akk, Ene Ilumäe

Bio-Diesel Production from Camelina Oil, Waste Cooking Oil and Tallow - B. Rice, A. Fröhlich and R. Leonard

Purdue Univ Horticulture - Camelina

Oregon State University - Oilseed Crop Fact Sheets - Camelina 



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