What is biodiesel?

According to the National Biodiesel Board, biodiesel is a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines that is derived from natural oils like soybean oil and that meets the specifications of ASTM D 6751. It can be used in any concentration with petroleum-based diesel fuel in existing diesel engines with little or no modification.

What are the benefits of biodiesel?

Using biodiesel in place of petroleum-based diesel fuel results in a significant reduction of pollution from unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter. Additionally, exhaust emissions are nearly eliminated when using biodiesel.

What can CIRAS do for my company?

The CIRAS Bioindustry Team assists Iowa State University professors in hosting biodiesel workshops held semi-annually at the Iowa Energy Center’s BECON facility. Additionally, the team is working to build the biodiesel industry by hosting educational events, sponsoring conferences, and working with companies on technology transfer and commercialization of new bioprocessing technologies.

What is my next step?

Contact the following staff member to see what CIRAS can do for you:

Rudy Pruszko563-599-0645


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Last updated: 9/24/2013