Evaluation of Biodiesel in Department Vehicles

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel source to be used in the place of standard petroleum. The fuel mixture is known as 820, which is a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel. Biodiesel can be made from a variety of renewable resources, such as vegetable oils (soybeans or other crops), recycled cooking grease, or animal fats. These feedstocks are used to manufacture a mixture of chemicals called fatty acid methyl esters (biodiesel). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the use of B20 reduces fuel emissions and greenhouse gases. All diesel fuels release harmful emissions, such as nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons. The use of B20 significantly reduces these emissions. (LTAP,2007). !n an effort to have a more reliable and environmentally friendly fuel source the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) did a comparative study between three different types of diesel vehicles spread over the state to compare B20 to standard petroleum diesel. Over a span of three years, specific data was collected on the trucks in order to have sufficient data to analyze.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p

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  • Accession Number: 01731918
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRG 0906
  • Created Date: Feb 26 2020 9:18AM