Patent Number: 7,612,221

Title: Production of fatty acid alkyl esters

Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing fatty acid alkyl esters, involving transesterifying a feedstock containing lipid-linked fatty acids with an alcohol and an alkaline catalyst to form fatty acid alkyl esters. The feedstock has not been previously treated to release the lipid components of said feedstock, or the feedstock has been previously treated to release lipid components and the feedstock contains residual lipids (e.g., <about 30% of the original content of lipids).

Inventors: Haas; Michael J. (Oreland, PA), Marmer; William N. (Fort Washington, PA), Foglia; Thomas A. (Lafayette Hill, PA)

Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture

International Classification: C07C 51/43 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017