Biodiesel (mono alkyl esters) can run in a petroleum diesel engine with almost no changes. Like other alternative fuels, it offers many advantages over fossil fuels.
The physical properties of biodiesel are similiar to petroleum diesel but gives off less emissions.
Biodiesel is made from new or old vegetable oil and animal fats. It is created by reacting the oil with an alcohol, usually methanol, and a catalyst. This process
creates esters (biodiesel) and glycerol. The glycerol is used for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and other markets. The esters and glycerol are seperated and
purified, and are ready for use.
The following plants can be used to create biodiesel:
Links for more information:Biodiesel Information Centre
Biodiesel Research at University of Idaho
National Biodiesel Board
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Program - Biodiesel
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