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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: VEGETABLE OIL-BASED FUELS, ADDITIVES AND COPRODUCTS

Location: Bio-oils Research Unit

Title: Recent developments in the biodiesel area

Author
item Knothe, Gerhard

Submitted to: Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: November 14, 2012
Publication Date: May 5, 2013
Citation: Knothe, G.H. 2013. Recent developments in the biodiesel area [abstract]. Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. p. 52.

Technical Abstract: Biodiesel, defined as the mono-alkyl esters of vegetable oils or animal fats, continues to find increasing interest as an alternative to petrodiesel fuel. In this connection, a significant issue affecting more widespread use and commercialization has been that of supply and availability. This has led to a search for additional feedstocks to increase supply and availability. Non-edible vegetable oils and algae have especially been receiving increasing interest. While often their composition is similar to that of traditional feedstocks, it deviates, in many cases, from this composition, thereby affecting fuel properties. This presentation will give a brief survey of newer feedstocks and their properties in relation to their composition.

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