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Biodiesel is made by chemically altering an organic oil (typically vegetable oil) through a process called “transesterification”. Essentially, the process thins down the oil to allow it to run in an unmodified diesel engine.

Biodiesel Recipes

The method shown above is just the basic information of how Biodiesel can be made. Below are some links to detailed methods for making Biodiesel.


Biodiesel & Chemical Handling Guidelines (MSDS Sheets)

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),
    Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards GUIDE
  • Soy Gold Biodiesel MSDS Soy Gold Biodiesel MSDS
  • Iowa State University Methanol MSDS: Methanol MSDS
  • Iowa State University Ethanol 95% MSDS: Ethanol 95% MSDS
  • Iowa State University Sodium Hydroxide MSDS: Sodium Hydroxide MSDS
  • Iowa State University Potassium Hydroxide 2M:Sodium Hydroxide MSDS
  • Iowa State University Sulfuric Acid 18M MSDS: Sulfuric Acid 18M MSDS
  • Iowa State University Glycerine MSDS: Glycerine MSDS