Iranian scholars managed to produce biodiesel fuel from oil seeds as a replacement for gasoil, ISNA reported.
Biodiesel refers to a vegetable oil or animal fat-based diesel fuel consisting of long-chain alkyl esters.
It is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines.
Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petrodiesel. Biodiesel can also be used as a low carbon alternative to heating oil.
Professor of Mazandaran University, northern Iran Mohammad Javad Chaichi and the project's director said diesel lacks any sulfur and aromatic materials and can be used as a secure and pure material in the environment.
He noted the energy required for the production of biodiesel is much less than the energy needed for gas oil and despite gasoil, one litre of biodiesel can be produced from one litre of the oil.
Biodiesels can also be used in the production of ointments, medicines and emulsifiers.
Edited by: S. Isayev