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Title: BIODIESEL BLENDS IN SPACE HEATING EQUIPMENT.

BIODIESEL BLENDS IN SPACE HEATING EQUIPMENT. Biodiesel is a diesel-like fuel that is derived from processing vegetable oils from various sources, such as soy oil, rapeseed or canola oil, and also waste vegetable oils resulting from cooking use. Brookhaven National laboratory initiated an evaluation of the performance of blends of biodiesel and home heating oil in space heating applications under the sponsorship of the Department of Energy (DOE) through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This report is a result of this work performed in the laboratory. A number of blends of varying amounts of a biodiesel in home heating fuel were tested in both a residential heating system and a commercial size boiler. The results demonstrate that blends of biodiesel and heating oil can be used with few or no modifications to the equipment or operating practices in space heating. The results also showed that there were environmental benefits from the biodiesel addition in terms of reductions in smoke and in Nitrogen Oxides (NOx). The latter result was particularly surprising and of course welcome, in view of the previous results in diesel engines where no changes had been seen. Residential size combustion equipment is presently not subject to NOx regulation. If reductions in NOx similar more » to those observed here hold up in larger size (commercial and industrial) boilers, a significant increase in the use of biodiesel-like fuel blends could become possible. « less
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OSTI Identifier:789899
Report Number(s):BNL--68852
R&D Project: DAR13105301NREL; TRN: US200202%%383
DOE Contract Number:AC02-98CH10886
Resource Type:Technical Report
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Resource Relation:Other Information: PBD: 1 Dec 2001
Research Org:Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (US)
Sponsoring Org:NREL/DOE/ER (US)
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 02 PETROLEUM; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; DIESEL ENGINES; HEATING; HEATING OILS; NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY; NITROGEN OXIDES; SOYBEAN OIL; SPACE HEATING; VEGETABLE OILS