Performance Evaluation of Biodiesel Fuelled Electrical Generation

J.M. Kennedy, R.J. Best, D.J. Morrow, B. Fox

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This paper investigates the performance characteristics of rapeseed methyl ester, EN 14214 biodiesel, when used for electrical generation in compression ignition engines. The work was inspired by the need to replace fossil diesel fuel with a sustainable low carbon alternative while maintaining generator performance, power quality and compliance with ISO 8528-5. A 50 kVA Perkins diesel engine generator was used to assess the impact of biodiesel with particular regard to gen-set fuel consumption, load acceptance and associated standards. Tests were performed on the diesel gen-set for islanded and grid-connected modes of operation, hence both steady-state and transient performance were fully explored. Performance comparisons were made with conventional fossil diesel fuel, revealing minimal technical barriers for electrical generation from this sustainable, carbon benign fuel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE General Meeting Power& Energy Society: Proceeedings
Publisher IEEE
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-8357-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-6549-1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2010
EventIEEE General Meeting Power& Energy Society - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: 25 Jul 201029 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameIEEE General Meeting Power& Energy Society: Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1932-5517
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9925


ConferenceIEEE General Meeting Power& Energy Society
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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