Straight Vegetable Oil as a Diesel Fuel? (Fact Sheet)

Teresa Alleman

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Biodiesel, a renewable fuel produced from animal fats or vegetable oils, is popular among many vehicle owners and fleet managers seeking to reduce emissions and support U.S. energy security. Questions sometimes arise about the viability of fueling vehicles with straight vegetable oil (SVO), or waste oils from cooking and other processes, without intermediate processing. But SVO and waste oilsdiffer from biodiesel (and conventional diesel) in some important ways and are generally not considered acceptable vehicle fuels for large-scale or long-term use.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Supercedes May 2010 version (FS-7A2-47414)

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-7A30-54762

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102014-3449


  • alternative fuels
  • biodiesel
  • Clean Cities
  • coking
  • diesel
  • straight vegetable oil
  • viscosity


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