Biodiesel and Other Renewable Diesel Fuels

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Present federal tax incentives apply to certain types of biomass-derived diesel fuels, which in energy policy and tax laws are described either as renewable diesel or biodiesel. To understand the distinctions between these diesel types it is necessary to understand the technologies used to produce them and the properties of the resulting products. This fact sheet contains definitions of renewableand biodiesel and discusses the processes used to convert biomass to diesel fuel and the properties of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2006

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-510-40419


  • biomass-derived diesel
  • diesel
  • energy policy
  • tax incentives


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