The conversion of organic wastes into biodiesel has become an attractive solution
to address waste surplus problems and energy depletion. Oleaginous insects can degrade
various organic wastes to accumulate fat-based biomass, thus serving as a potential
feedstock for biodiesel production. Therefore, the use of insects fed on organic waste for
biodiesel production has increasingly attracted considerable investigations. In recent
years, different insect species have been studied for their efficiency in converting various
organic wastes and for producing biodiesel from their fat. Several methods have been developed
for biodiesel production from insects to improve yields and reduce production
costs and environmental impacts. This review summarizes the latest findings of the use of
insects for converting organic wastes into biodiesel. The production processes and fuel
properties of biodiesel produced from insects are also discussed.
Keywords: Bioconversion, biodiesel, organic waste, insect, renewable energy, transesterification.
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