Characteristics of Vegetable Oil
- Suitability of vegetable oils as fuels for diesel engines depends on their physical, chemical and combustion characteristics as well as the type of engine used and operating conditions.
- Vegetable oils have comparable energy density, cetane number, heat of vaporization, and stoichiometric air/fuel ratio with mineral diesel.
- They are biodegradable, non-toxic, and have a potential to significantly reduce pollution.
- Vegetable oils and their derivatives in diesel engines lead to substantial reductions in emissions of sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide (CO), poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), smoke, particulate matter (PM) and noise