With an increasing global need to move away from fossil fuel dependence, there is a compelling case to consider renewable resources as future raw materials for the present industrial products, from biofuels to biosurfactants and biolubricants. Biolubricants are manufactured directly from vegetable oils formulations or synthesized from renewable mineral oils. They are designed to be biodegradable and nontoxic to humans. In specific environments they are required for any application where conventional products might pose an environmental risk (e.g. where potential leakage may occur).
This book on bio-based lubricants gives a useful overview of biomass-derived raw materials, environmental advantages compared with the use of fossil fuels, lubricant design considerations, biolubricant chemistry and the major applications of biolubes. The text identifies potentially successful products and technologies and promising (and less promising) products and developments and critically reviews and evaluates a substantial amount of literature from scientific journals, patents and articles on the internet up to late 2011.