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NREL Helps Set Stringent Biodiesel Standard

January 5, 2009

NREL Principal Engineer Robert McCormick says biodiesel quality is improving rapidly in the United States, with large producers consistently meeting specifications. However, some small producers still have trouble meeting national standards.

McCormick and Senior Engineer Teresa Alleman served as significant contributors to revised biofuels specifications recently published by ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials). Research conducted by NREL provided the technical basis for setting the new standards.

The rigorous ASTM process yielded stringent specifications to help ensure the availability of high quality biodiesel blends in the marketplace and to bolster automaker support and consumer demand for biodiesel.


—Julia Thomas