Grains and field crops
Biodiesel is widely known an excellent alternative to mineral diesel and has been extensively demonstrated in the EC and the United States. It is a renewable fuel made by reacting 20 parts of Canola oil with one part methanol or ethanol (grain alcohol), injecting hot water through the mixture and allowing to cool. The Biodiesel naturally separates from the water solution, with no further refining or processing required. Biodiesel has the same combustion properties as regular diesel with considerably lower levels of polluting emissions (appendix 1). Bio-diesel has been found to be a cleaner fuel than diesel, resulting in lower engine maintenance costs and that it can be used in current diesel engines with virtually no modification.
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Biodiesel, alternative fuels, Western Australia
Carmody, P, Carr, H, Morcom, A, and Walton, G. (2001), Alternative oilseeds R&D for biodiesel production. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report.