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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS AND CO-PRODUCTS FROM VEGETABLE OILS Title: Research on Biodiesel and Vegetable Oil Fuels - Then and Now


Submitted to: Inform
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: November 1, 2006
Publication Date: December 28, 2006
Citation: Knothe, G.H. 2006. Research on Biodiesel and Vegetable Oil Fuels - Then and Now. Inform. 17(11):729-731.

Technical Abstract: A vegetable oil was used as diesel fuel for the first time in 1900 and the first biodiesel dates from the 1930's. Significant insights into fuel properties were already gained in those times. This article briefly discusses such results and relates the author's own recent work on biodiesel fuel properties to them. Fuel properties that are discussed include cetane number and exhaust emissions, viscosity, application to cold flow, oxidative stability and lubricity.

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