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Emissions of Regulated Pollutants and PAHs from Waste-cooking-oil Biodiesel-fuelled Heavy-duty Diesel Engine with Catalyzer

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Volume: 12 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 218-227
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2011.09.0144
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Shou-Heng Liu1, Yuan-Chung Lin 2, Kuo-Hsiang Hsu2

  • 1 Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan
  • 2 Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan


The development of biodiesels is being driven by the need for reducing emissions from diesel engines without modifying engines and for saving energy. The major obstacle to biodiesel commercialization is the high cost of raw materials. Biodiesel from waste cooking oil is an economical source and an effective strategy for reducing the raw material cost. Although biodiesels made from waste cooking oil have been previously investigated, PAH emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines (HDDEs) with catalyzer fueled with biodiesel from waste cooking oil and its blend with ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) for the US-HDD transient cycle have seldom been addressed. Experimental results indicate that ULSD/WCOB (biodiesel made from waste cooking oil) blends had lower PM, HC, and CO emissions but higher CO2 and NOx emissions when compared with that of ULSD. Using ULSD/WCOB blends instead of ULSD decreased PAHs by 14.1%–53.3%, PM by 6.80%–15.1%, HC by 6.76%–23.5%, and CO by 0.962%–8.65% but increase CO2 by 0.318–1.43% and NOx by 0.384–1.15%. Using WCOB is an economical source and an effective strategy for reducing cost, and solves the problem of waste oil disposal.


Waste cooking oil Biodiesel PAH Diesel engine Ultra-low sulfur diesel

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