Submitted to: Inform
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/14/1996
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Vegetable oils and their derivatives can be used as fuels in diesel engines ("biodiesel"). A biodiesel standard is being developed for the United States. Some possible specifications in the proposed standard are discussed here. The merits of efforts to include a specification present in European standards are discussed.
Technical Abstract: Vegetable oils and their derivatives are prominent candidates as alternative fuels in compression-ignition engines and are termed biodiesel. A biodiesel standard has been suggested for the United States. This article discusses some of the specifications in the proposed standard. There are efforts to include some specifications in European standards, notably the iodine value, in the American standards. The merits thereof are discussed.