SVO: Powering Your Vehicle With Straight Vegetable Oil

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"There is a lot of information out there about the pros and cons of biofuels - more cons than pros recently. but still, nothing seems to beat Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO). It's cheap, carbon-neutral, uses a waste product and does not depend upon centralized corporate infrastructure.
And now there is a definitive guide to fueling your diesel engine with this alternative fuel. SVO-Powering Your Vehicle with Straight Vegetable Oil cuts through the masses of often contradictory, erroneous and confusing information on...

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Overview

"There is a lot of information out there about the pros and cons of biofuels - more cons than pros recently. but still, nothing seems to beat Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO). It's cheap, carbon-neutral, uses a waste product and does not depend upon centralized corporate infrastructure.
And now there is a definitive guide to fueling your diesel engine with this alternative fuel. SVO-Powering Your Vehicle with Straight Vegetable Oil cuts through the masses of often contradictory, erroneous and confusing information on the subject and provides a practical guide. It also, importantly and uniquely, explains what is necessary to convert a diesel engine and how to do it properly. there are facts, figures, charts, grpahs, diagrams, and lots of technical detail but, with all its detail, the book is still very accessible.
Gregg knows his stuff; he is a former researcher with Frybrid, a leading developer of veggie oil conversion systems, and has worked as a designer, fabricator and installer of SVO conversion systems." - Natural Life Magazine

The benefits of straight vegetable oil (SVO) as an alternate fuel for diesel engines are many. SVO is cheap, carbon-neutral, uses a waste product, and does not depend upon centralized corporate infrastructure.

Authors Christopher Goodwin and Forest Gregg are the founder and designer, respectively, of Frybrid, the most respected vegetable oil conversion company in the United States. They have many combined years of expertise in the use of straight vegetable oil as a fuel and have sifted through the masses of contradictory, erroneous, and confusing information on the subject, extracting the very best information available. Chapters include:

  • Vegetable oil sources, extraction, and refining
  • Viscosity
  • Chemical degradation
  • Fuel properties
  • Contaminants
  • System design
  • Engine modifications

SVO is the only book available that explains exactly what is necessary to convert a diesel vehicle and how to do it properly. It gives readers the tools to sort through the different companies and online plans to find something that works well. While technical in nature, this fully illustrated book is very accessible. Each concept is introduced and described in great detail.

Designed to educate new consumers, it is also a resource for current conversion owners.

Forest Gregg is a researcher with Frybrid, and has worked as a designer and installer of the conversion systems.

Christopher Goodwin has been in the automotive business for twenty years, has owned two shops specializing in German auto repair, and is the founder of Frybrid, the most respected vegetable oil conversion company in the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716124
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author


Forest Gregg is a researcher with Frybrid and has worked as a designer and installer of the conversion systems. Chris Goodwin has been in the automotive business for twenty years, owned two shops specializing in German auto repair, and is the founder of Frybrid, the most respected vegetable oil conversion company in the U.S.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     XI
Using this Book     XIII
Introduction - Is Vegetable Oil For Me?     1
Environmental reasons     1
Economic reasons     4
Geopolitics     6
Tinkering     7
Straight Vegetable Oil vs. Homebrew Biodiesel     7
Diesel Engines     9
Modifying the Fuel     9
Modifying the Engine     10
Diesel Engines     10
Basic Engine Theory     11
Basic Diesel Theory     15
Basic Combustion Theory     16
Temperature     21
Fuel Properties     23
How Things Fall Apart     26
Fuel Properties of Vegetable Oil     29
What is vegetable oil?     29
Vegetable Oil and Cooking Oil     33
Waste Vegetable Oil     35
A Word about Hydrogenation     35
Vegetable Oil is Not Biodiesel     36
Viscosity     39
Ignition Delay     47
High Temperature Reactions: Life in the Combustion Chamber     51
Other Fuel Properties     53
Stoichiometric Air/Fuel Ratio     59
Chemical Breakdown of Vegetable Oil     59
Oxidative Polymerization     60
Reactions in the Fryer     68
Hydrolysis     69
Thermal Polymerization     71
Water     73
Water Damage     74
How Much Water     76
Emulsions     76
System Design     81
One Tank or Two?     84
The Significance of Engine Design and Modification     86
Heating     89
Controlling the Fuel Source     96
Plumbing     97
Valves     101
Filters and Restrictions     106
Pumps     110
Material Compatibility     111
Common Points of Failure     112
Practical Issues     117
Preparing and Maintaining a Vehicle for Coversion     117
Oil Sources     121
Waste Vegetable Oil     124
Processing Waste Cooking Oil     127
Settling and Filtering     129
Centrifuges     135
Testing Oil     140
Vegetable Oil and the Law     144
LPG and CNG Conversions Industry: A Case Study     146
Co-ops     149
Case Studies: The Restauranteur The Farmer, The Conversion Shop     150
Burning Questions (With No Answers as Yet)     153
Fuel Standards     155
Guide to Diesel Vehicles     159
Fatty Acid Profiles of Common Vegetable Oils     171
Annotated Bibliography     173
Notes     205
Index     215
About the Author     225
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