2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Anti Gelling Additives to Optimize Winter Use of Biodiesel
Andrew J. Green*, Patrick M. Delaney, and Andy R. Sterling
Dr. Thomas E. Marshall and Dr. Glenn R. Wehner, Faculty Mentors

Biodiesel fuel is currently being produced by Truman State University from waste vegetable oil collected on campus and in the Kirksville community. It is being used in machinery at the University Farm, with hopes of expanding its use to campus in the future. A concern with biodiesel is that at colder temperatures it gels and is rendered useless. Our study looked at three qualities of waste vegetable oil used in making biodiesel with three different commercial additives that claimed to lower the gel point of the fuel. Evaluated were kerosene, FPFF Premium Biodiesel Winter Treatment, and FPPF Premium Polar Power, at the label rate and at increasing concentrations. Lowering the gel point can also be accomplished by blending biodiesel with traditional petroleum diesel. We tested blends of biodiesel and petroleum diesel, both with and without additives.

Keywords: biodiesel, additive, gel, winter

Topic(s):Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-2
Location: PML
Time: 4:15

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