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Papers & Reports

Guidance for Biodiesel Producers and Biodiesel Blenders/Users

US EPA, November 2007

A document which clarifies EPA’s regulatory requirements for biodiesel (ester) fuels.
Biofuels—At What Cost? Government support for ethanol and biodiesel in the United States

The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI), October 2006

A comprehensive overview of government support initiatives provided to ethanol and biodiesel in the United States.
Biodiesel As A Locomotive Fuel In Canada (TP 14106E)

Transport Canada, May 2003

A report addressing the applicability of biodiesel as a fuel for locomotives in Canada.
Production of Biodiesels from Multiple Feedstocks and Properties of Biodiesels and Biodiesel/Diesel Blends

NREL, March 2003

NREL Report (NREL/SR-510-31460) on the investigation of biodiesels conducted by the Institute of Gas Technology.
Technical Statement on the Use of Biodiesel Fuel in Compression Ignition Engines

EMA, February 2003

A technical statement by the Engine Manufacturers Association providing an assessment of biodiesel fuels and the potential effects of their use with current technology engines.
A Comprehensive Analysis of Biodiesel Impacts on Exhaust Emissions

US EPA, October 2002

Draft Technical Report EPA420-P-02-001 analyzing the effect of biodiesel and its blends on emissions from heavy-duty highway engines.
D6751-02 Standard Specification for Biodiesel Fuel (B100) Blend Stock for Distillate Fuels

ASTM, 2002

Final ASTM specification for biodiesel blending stock, D6751-02, superseding the provisional standard PS121-99. Can be downloaded from ASTM web site (paid download).
Provisional Specification for Biodiesel Fuel

ASTM, 1999

The provisional specification for biodiesel fuel, PS121-99, can be downloaded from ASTM web site (paid download).
An Overview of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel Life Cycles

NREL, 1998

A study comparing petro- and biodiesel energy and emission issues over the life cycle of the fuels. Sponsored by the US Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture.
A Look Back at the US Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program

NREL, July 1998 (NREL/TP-580-24190)

Summary of the US DOE’s program to develop renewable transportation fuels, primarily biodiesel, from algae.
Biodiesel Research Progress 1992-1997

NREL, April 1998 (NREL/TP-580-24433)

A summary of biodiesel and biodiesel-related research, development, demonstration, and commercialization projects in the USA between 1992 and 1997.

Web Sites

Biodiesel Emissions Analysis Program


An EPA program to quantify the air pollution emission effects of biodiesel on various types of diesel engines. The program objective is to examine HC, NOx, and PM emission impacts of biodiesel and biodiesel/diesel blends using existing data.
Alternative Fuels Data Center: Biodiesel

US Department of Energy

Biodiesel resource includes general information, standards, codes, training and safety, and fuel supply info.
Algal Biofuels

US Department of Energy

Algal biofuel page within the US DOE Bioenergy Technologies web site.
Searchable Database of Biodiesel Reports

US National Biodiesel Board

Biodiesel report database can be searched by keywords, author, date, or summary. Some of the reports are available online.
NRC: Biodiesel

Natural Resources Canada

Biodiesel page by Natural Resources Canada provides information on Canadian government biodiesel programs and regulations, biodiesel research, cost, and related topics.