Vegetable Oil - Information

The use of vegetable oils, such as rapeseed, canola, palm, soya bean, sunflower, peanut and olive oils as alternative fuels for diesel engines dates back almost nine decades and this potential use of plant oils has attracted researchers' attention for a long time.

A result of these studies which consider the content of mono-saturated oleic acid, the low level of saturated fatty acid and acceptable level of linoleic acid makes rapeseed oil the ideal preferred source of vegetable oil as biofuel in Europe.

Other sources largely used are palm oil, sunflower oil and soybean oil, which are economic and major sources of fuel in other parts of the world. However considerable studies on their application still need to be done.

The major advantages of natural vegetable oil: