This new J document provides a general summary of the experience with biodiesel in the automotive industry where significant research has been conducted over 20 years. Recently, the railroad industry and the locomotive manufacturers have experienced similar concerns. The purpose of this document is to provide them and other practitioners dealing with biodiesel, with the knowledge and a tool to evaluate if additional research is warranted regarding their specific application. Engine performance, emissions, material compatibility, fuel storage, and long term effects are discussed. Users of any fuel including biodiesel blends should contact their engine manufacturer for advice regarding fuel/equipment compatibility.
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