Biofuels Research

The MU biofuels research has focused almost entirely on the use of biodiesel as an alternative fuel for diesel engines. Some of the grants have been awarded are listed below:

  • Fueling Diesel Engines with Methyl-Ester Soybean Oil- Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council

  • Biodiesel Bus Data Collection Program- Midwest Research Institute

  • Fueling a Diesel Locomotive with Biodiesel- Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council

  • Translating Biodiesel Documents Written in the German Language- National Biodiesel Board

  • Fueling Direct Injected Diesel Engines with 100% Neat Biodiesel- National Biodiesel Board

  • Demonstration of the Environmental Effects of Biodiesel Fuels on Diesel Engines- Missouri Department of Natural Resources

  • Biodiesel Bus Data Collection Program- Midwest Research Institute

  • Sample Analysis from Biodiesel Test- National Biodiesel Board

  • Engine Oil Impact Literature Search and Summary- National Biodiesel Board

  • Fueling Diesel Engines with a 2% Blend of Biodiesel- University of Missouri

  • The Internet- An Efficient Method to Provide Answers to Frequently Asked Questions of Biodiesel- National Biodiesel Board

  • Fueling Direct Injected Diesel Engines with 2% Biodiesel Blend- Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

  • Bench Testing Cummings Engine Company Fuel Injection Systems with Biodiesel Blends- Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee


Those who have assisted in the past have been William Wetherell, Mark D. Russell, Bill Hires, Tabitha Madzura, Jerrell Fischer, Chad Spurling, and Jose Cruz.

Final reports are on file for several of these projects. A list of papers that have been published follows. Please contact me at leon.schumacher@ndsu.edu for additional information. I can also be reached at 701-231-5173 or by mail at:

  • 101 Agricultural Engineering Building

  • North Dakota State University

  • Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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