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Title: Biodiesel Feedstock Project Final Technical Report


The Final Technical Report includes complete plans and specifications for a facility to generate biodiesel feedstock from restaurant waste grease.

  1. Eastern Municipal Water District, Perris, CA (United States)
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Eastern Municipal Water District, Perris, CA (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
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Technical Report
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United States

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Odenbaugh, Rania. Biodiesel Feedstock Project Final Technical Report. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1360190.
Odenbaugh, Rania. Biodiesel Feedstock Project Final Technical Report. United States. doi:10.2172/1360190.
Odenbaugh, Rania. 2017. "Biodiesel Feedstock Project Final Technical Report". United States. doi:10.2172/1360190.
title = {Biodiesel Feedstock Project Final Technical Report},
author = {Odenbaugh, Rania},
abstractNote = {The Final Technical Report includes complete plans and specifications for a facility to generate biodiesel feedstock from restaurant waste grease.},
doi = {10.2172/1360190},
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place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month = 5

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