Advance in research and development of biodiesel
WEI Ming-shan, MA Chao-chen (School of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China)
As one of the renewable alternative fuels, biodiesel has become more attractive recently due to its benefits to the environment. Using biodiesel can significantly reduce emissions of atmospheric pollutants, such as SO2, CO2, CO, HC and PM. China has abundant vegetable oil resources which can be used not only for reducing emissions from motor-driven vehicles, but also for benefiting the rural economy of the Middle West of China. In this paper, a brief review of biodiesel research and development is presented.