Biodiesel

Diesel fuel derived from renewable lipid feedstocks, such as vegetable oils and animal fats.

Biodiesel consists of mono-alkyl esters of fatty acids, which are typically methyl esters and are sometimes referred to as fatty acid methyl esters (FAME). These mono-alkyl esters are produced today from fat, grease, or vegetable oil feedstocks using a chemical reaction called transesterification.

Biodiesel blends up to B20 (20%) can be used in most engines and vehicles with no modification.

The handling and storage of biodiesel is an issue compared to classical diesel fuel:

See also: Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel B100, Biodiesel B20, Biofuel, Diesel.

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Subjects: Automotive Chemistry Transport


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Biodiesel The national trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States.