Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels: A Do-It-Yourself Manual

A Do-It-Yourself Manual

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November 19, 2008


Electronic book text, 248 pages


0071600434 / 9780071600439

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Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels has everything you need to make the switch from expensive, environment-damaging carbon fuel to cheap (and, in many cases, free), clean fuel for your vehicle. Practical and decidedly apolitical, this unique guide focuses on technical details, parts, and instructions.

Inside, you'll find step-by-step instructions accompanied by helpful illustrations for such projects as building and properly using a homemade biodiesel reactor, which enables you to drive you car on vegetable oil purchased at a fraction of the price of gas or even on second-hand oil obtained from restaurants free of charge. Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels also includes a list of international parts suppliers and various manufacturers' warranty statuses regarding vehicles converted to biodiesel.

Projects include:

  • Collecting waste oil
  • Building a waste-oil processor
  • Creating biodiesel fuel
  • Converting your car to professional standards
  • Constructing heat exchangers

Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels covers:
• History and functions of the diesel engine • Benefits of biofuel • Where to obtain raw ingredients • Theory of fuel conversion • Existing conversion kits o Blends, emulsions, and thinners • Processing and discarding waste oil • Laws and regulations • Green retail o Health and safety • Limitations of environmental benefits

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. History of Diesel and the diesel engine
Chapter 3. How does a diesel engine work?
Chapter 4. Collecting waste vegetable oil
Chapter 5. Biodiesel chemistry
Chapter 6. Fuel modification: making biodiesel
Chapter 7. Biodiesel reactors and processors
Chapter 8. Engine modification--running on SVO
Chapter 9. Using WVO in your SVO engine
Chapter 10. Other options and solutions
Chapter 11. Engine conversion or fuel conversion
Chapter 12. Waste streams
Chapter 13. Health and safety
Chapter 14. Biofuel ethics
Chapter 15. Biodiesel and vegetable oil are not just for cars!
Chapter 16. Epilogue

Author comments

Jon Starbuck has written websites and taught courses on the subject of vegetable oil and biodiesel.

Gavin D. J. Harper is the author of McGraw-Hill's Solar Energy Projects for the Evil Genius and other project books.

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