A lot of you have already taken advantage of this technology and are already using Biofuel or Veggieoil. We have a lot of diehard Diesel owners who have driven thousands of miles for free on used cooking oil. The following links are provided to encourage the use of bio and straight veggie oil in Mercedes Diesel engines.   

Government site:   Fat to Fuel | Region 9- Biodiesel | US EPA

Arnold says:  Office of the Governor -- Governor's Remarks

Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel finder with Zipcode search:  http://www.mbusa.com/locator/jsp/index.jsp?locatorversion=ulsd

Mercedes Future (and ours): http://www.mbusa.com/models/main.do?modelCode=E320CDI 


Interesting sites:



BiodieselFuelOnline - Biodiesel Home



Willie Nelson and Bio-Diesel Fuel

National Biodiesel Board - www.biodiesel.org - www.nbb.org

Converting a Mercedes Diesel to Run Vegetable Oil ...






Check out all of the videos in youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_videos&search_query=biodiesel&search_sort=relevance&search_category=0&page=1

Very interesting video link:


The concept of using vegetal oil as an engine fuel dates back to 1895 when Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913) developed the first engine to run on peanut oil, as he demonstrated at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Unfortunately, R. Diesel died 1913 before his vision of a vegetable oil powered engine was fully realized.

Rudolph Diesel

"The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today. But such oils may become in the course of time as important as the petroleum and coal tar products of the present time"
Rudolph Diesel, 1912

After R. Diesel death the petroleum industry was rapidly developing  and produced a cheap by-product "diesel fuel" powering a modified "diesel-engine". Thus, clean vegetable oil was forgotten as a renewable source of power.

Modern diesels are now designed to run on a less viscous fuel than vegetable oil but, in times of fuel shortages, cars and trucks were successfully run on preheated peanut oil and animal fat. It seems that the upper rate for inclusion of rapeseed oil with diesel fuel is about 25% but crude vegetal oil as a diesel fuel extender induces poorer cold-starting performance compared with diesel fuel or biodiesel made with fatty esters (McDonnel K et al. JAOCS 1999, 76, 539).  
Today's diesel engines require a clean-burning, stable fuel operating under a variety of conditions. In the mid 1970s, fuel shortages spurred interest in diversifying fuel resources, and thus biodiesel as fatty esters was developed as an alternative to petroleum diesel. Later, in the 1990s, interest was rising due to the large pollution reduction benefits coming from the use of biodiesel. The use of biodiesel is affected by legislation and regulations in all countries (Knothe G, Inform 2002, 13, 900). On February 9, 2004, the Government of the Philippines directed all of its departments to incorporate one percent by volume coconut biodiesel in diesel fuel for use in government vehicles. The EU Council of Ministers adopted new pan-EU rules for the detaxation of biodiesel and biofuels on October 27, 2003. Large-volume production occurs mainly in Europe, with production there now exceeding 1.4 million tons per year. Western European biodiesel production capacity was estimated at about 2 million metric tons per year largely produced through the transesterification process, about one-half thereof in Germany (440,000 and 350,000 MT in France and Italy, respectively). In the United States, by 1995, 10 percent of all federal vehicles were to be using alternative fuels to set an example for the private automotive and fuel industries. Several studies are now funded to promote the use of blends of biodiesel and heating oil in USA. In USA soybean oil is the principal oil being utilized for biodiesel (about 80,000 tons in 2003). Details may be viewed on-line through the National Biodiesel Board web site.              For the complete article and additional information, go to: 



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