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Biodiesel Resources

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This is a website with forums, links and mailing lists concerning any topic linked to biodiesel.

Federal Laboratory Consortium Biodiesel Survey
Online survey that helps to better develop biodiesel training and education programs.

National Biodiesel Board Retail Fueling Station Site
Find retail biodiesel locations within the United States.

Biodiesel Hotline find retail availability anywhere in the United States
1-866-BIODIESEL (246-3437) — staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel Station Locator
Ffind alternative fuel stations by fuel type, state, city, address, or Zip code.

Quality Assurance BQ-9000
A voluntary program that accredits biodiesel manufacturers, marketers and distributors to ensure high quality, regulation-compliant biodiesel fuel.

The National Biodiesel Board’s Emissions Calculator
Calculate exhaust emissions based on the total amount of biodiesel blend used.

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The following list contains some resources about biodiesel, its properties, who is using it, legal benefits, case studies, and challenges.

 Biodiesel Web Sites

Federal Network for Sustainability (FNS) Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
Federal Network for Sustainability helps federal agencies in the Western United States incorporate environmentally sustainable programs into government activities.

National Biodiesel Board Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry

West Coast Collaborative Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
The West Coast Collaborative is the EPA's pilot project for the National Clean Diesel Campaign. The collaborative creates partnerships focused on improving the air quality along the west coast.

Department of Energy's Clean Cities and Biodiesel Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
The Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program is a coalition of nation-wide community groups to promote the use of alternative fuels and reduce our dependence on foreign fuel.

Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
This website is a collection of data, documents and outreach materials concerning alternative transportation fuels

Diesel Technology Forum Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
The forum strives to educate public about environemntal and energy progress in diesel technologies.

 Biodiesel Reports and Manuals

EPA Draft Report
This draft report analyzes pre-existing data of the effect of biodiesel exhaust emissions.
A Comprehensive Analysis of Biodiesel Impacts on Exhaust Emissions, Draft Technical Report. EPA420-P-02-001. October 2002 (PDF) (126 pp., 1M)

NREL Urban Waste Grease Resource Assessment
This report assesses urban waste grease from 30 randomly chosen United States metropolitan areas.
Urban Waste Grease Assessment. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. November 1998 (PDF). (71 pp, 472K)

Biodiesel Handling and Use Guideline
This guide is useful for blenders, producers and users of biodiesel. It is intended to help users of biodiesel understand the proper procedures for handling and using the fuel.
Biodiesel Handling and Use Guidelines (PDF) (56 pages, 1.6M). United States Department of Energy. DOE/GO 102004-1999. October 2004.

Biodiesel Technical Reference Guide Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
The Biodiesel Technical Reference Guide is a reference for biodiesel users and producers.

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NREL Study (PDF) (69 pages, 1.6M)
This recently published NREL study reviewed various engine studies and concluded that B20 has no net impact on NOx emissions.

U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Development Guide
Guidance to Native American Tribes in the area of energy usage and development. It outlines the energy development process and provides a resource library and case studies.

 Biodiesel Statutes and Regulations

40 CFR 79
Regulates the registration of fuels and fuel additives in accordance with section 211 of the Clean Air Act. Fuel Manufacturer Notification Instructions - EPA Form 3520-12 (4 pages, 48 K)

IRS Biodiesel Tax Credit  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
In 2005, the Internal Revenue Service issued a tax credit for the use of biodiesel. The credit amounts to $1.00 per gallon of agri-based biodiesel (produced from virgin vegetable oil) and $.50 per gallon for biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil.

Energy Policy Act 2005 (EPAct)
Passed into law in August 2005, EPAct intends to establish a long-term energy policy. The statue provides incentives, such as allowing federal, state and public utility fleets to gain one alternative fuel credit for every 450 gallons of 100% biodiesel fuel purchased and used in vehicles as 20% biodiesel blend or higher.
EPAct (Energy Policy Act of 2005)

California Senate Bill 975
This bill allows for the use of a B20 biodiesel blend in public agency, utility, and trash hauling fleets in California. This bill covers retro-fitted vehicles as well as off-road engines until 2008. 

Executive Order 13101
This order aims to green the federal government by incorporating waste prevention, recycling, and the acquisition of environmentally preferable products into federal activities and programs.

Executive Order 13134

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This order focuses on developing and promoting bio-based products and bio-energy.

Executive Order 13149
This order's purpose is to green the federal government's fleet by using alternative fuels and transportation technologies.

ASTM D-6751
The United States standard for biodiesel Exiting EPA (disclaimer) as used as a blend with petroleum-based diesel fuel. The standard was specified by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

EN 14214
The European Norm (EN) standard Exiting EPA (disclaimer) that sets test methods and minimum requirements for biodiesel fuel. It has been in effect in the European Union since October 30, 2004.

 Biodiesel Books

The Biodiesel Handbook is a reference for current biodiesel information. The book presents technical information and data of biodiesel research. It summarizes the history, benefits, problems, and legislative efforts associate with biodiesel.
The Biodiesel Handbook. Champaign, IL: AOCS Press.
Editors Knothe, Gerhard, Jon Van Gerpen, and Jurgen Krahl. (2005)

Building a Successful Biodiesel Business
This book addresses the basic technologies, processes and business development options associated with the biodiesel industry.
Authors: Van Gerpen, Rudy PruszKo, Davis Clements, Brent Shanks, and Gerhard Knothe (2006).

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