EGEE 439
Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources

8.6 Summary and Final Tasks

8.6 Summary and Final Tasks


In this lesson, you’ve learned about how to make biodiesel from vegetable oils. You’ve had the opportunity to see how it is made and that it’s fairly simple to make. You’ve been provided with information on properties and how biodiesel is typically used. In a future lesson, you will be provided with information on the economics behind biodiesel and ethanol, as well as determining how much energy it takes to make biodiesel, versus the amount of energy that is produced. The additional information is important to determining the use of, and best practices for making alternative fuels.


Scott W. Pryor 1*, B. Brian H 2, J.H. Van Gerpen 2 1. Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, North Dakota State University, 2. Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Idaho BEEMS Module B4, Biodiesel, USDA Higher Education Challenger Program, 2009-38411-19761. Contact: Scott Pryor,

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