A study scheduled for presentation at the 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society will show "the first economical way to produce biodiesel from algae oil
according to lead researcher Ben Wen, Ph.D., vice president of United
Environment and Energy LLC, Horseheads, N.Y quoted in Science Daily. The key is that this is a solid catalyst which speeds the transesterifcication process
. The research was funded by the US National Science Foundation",
. It might apply to other lipids.
Although this may grab headlines in our part of the world. There is quite a lot of research on metal catalysts for transesterification.