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A feasibility study of the use of biodiesel in recreational boats in the UK

Zhou, P. and Fet, A.M. and Michelsen, O. and Fet, K. (2003) A feasibility study of the use of biodiesel in recreational boats in the UK. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 217 (3). pp. 149-158. ISSN 1475-0902

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Abstract

The paper presents a feasibility study for applying biodiesel in recreational boats in the United Kingdom for the purpose of rational utilization of energy resources and environmental protection. Biodiesel has been widely used to fuel diesel engines for onshore vehicles, particularly for agriculture machinery. Application of biodiesel for merchant ship propulsion on a large scale has been seen as not an option in the near future due to the lack of availability and supply chains of the fuel. However, there has been interest in the possibility of powering recreational boats with biodiesel in order to pursue marine environmental protection. The study reviews the current status of using biodiesel in recreational boats and analyses the market in the United Kingdom. Results on fuel availability for the sector, economic aspects and environmental benefits are presented.