GWV SVO Web Links
Links to sites of interest to converters to Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) as a fuel source
(Please feel free to contact us to have your site included, or if you wish not to have your site linked.)
"If Right Livelihood, in part, is a lifestyle that does not harm self and other, then driving a vehicle that does not pollute, must be part of Right Livelihood"
- Jhanananda -
SVO Discussion forums
UK based web discussion forum
The SVO section of the largest vegoil fuels web discussion forum. USA based
Biodiesel Yahoo Group
UK based e-mail discussion group
German company offering SVO kits. Site also contains research papers that look at running vehicles on vegoil through a biocar kit (in German) available in English translation (thanks to Stephan)
BIGmics' plantoil heaters
Swiss conversion kits and fuel grade waste oil supplies
German company offering SVO kits
Irish company offering
A German company running vehicles on vegoil since the 1970's offers a kit that converts vehicles to run solely on vegetable oil.
Danish NGO promoting SVO and other Renewable fuels, lots of good info.
German forum with lots of good links.
Golf TD conversion.
German site promoting use of oil plants for energy in developing countries
German site Mercedes diesel SVO no conversion
A Finnish project with straight mustard oil/diesel mix no conversion
French website lots of information.
German conversions company
Irish farmers producing fuel from rapeseed
Dutch site offering Elsbett conversions and promoting SVO use in Europe
A Swedish company that makes oil presses. Info on SVO conversions
Vegetable oil in the Citroen Xantia - experiences and tips
German site, good information even if you don't have a Xantia
VW Combi conversion with lots of fabricated parts
Soenke's Salad Oil site. Good SVO info from Germany. Lots of VW info. IP reactions to SVO
The united workshops for vegetable oil technology (VWP). Quality SVO conversions by experienced company. Converting tractors for the '100 tractor program' where new tractors are being converted for single tank SVO and monitored.
Info and conversion kits
Biodiesel site with interesting assessment of SVO. They now have offices in British Columbia Canada and Berkeley California.
Commercial SVO conversions
An informative site with details of fuel injection equipment with experiences from experimenting with vegetable oil.
Information about vegetable oil fuels
Info and conversions
USA and Canada SVO
Canadian SVO conversions, with other vegetable oil based products site contains E Beggs masters thesis 'Renewable Oil Fuels and Diesel Engines as Components of Sustainable System Design' well worth a read.
Corvallis Biofuels Co-op SVO/WVO and biodiesel
"Vegoil Conversions of Diesel Engines" Dana Linscotts' vegoil site. Good FAQs, sells plans online for pre-filtering and conversion kit fabrication.
Hampshire USA based sells conversion kits
USA based conversion kits
Conversion services and kits
Patrick Tormey documents Mercedes conversion
"This is my 1979 Mercedes 200D, which I've converted to run on WVO."
An alternative energy web site with SVO and biofuel info.
Morgan Crawford, a graduate student in the Environmental Science and Policy Department at USF, is working on developing the use of unprocessed waste cooking oil." It is an informative site containing a number of studies.
The Great Western Vehicle site for Alternative fuels, SVO conversions and Sustainable Living
USA based biodiesel and SVO site co-hosts the best English language SVO message forum and offers a book about SVO and Biodiesel
Project Veggie Avenger. Biodiesel/SVO information
Other SVO Sites
Promoting SVO in India
Australian farmer promoting SVO/biodiesel
Hong Kong to Cape Town promoting biofuels and sustainable agriculture. Good SVO and biodiesel information. Biofuel mailing groups.
Australian SVO with possible fuel line setups
SVO related technical papers
Research paper investigating the relationship between veg oil viscosity/temperature
Research paper investigating emissions from burning vegetable oil in diesel engines (long download time)
Above reformatted as html - much quicker download
Japanese research paper looking into running unheated oil in diesel engines
Irish research paper looking at different grades of unheated rapeseed oil in diesel engines
Detailed report from European SVO research project by Advanced Combustion Research for Energy from Vegetable Oils (ACREVO).
"Waste Vegetable Oil as a Diesel Replacement Fuel" by Phillip Calais,
Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, and A.R.
(Tony) Clark, Western Australian Renewable Fuels Association Inc.
University of Orleans ‘Using sunflower oil as a Diesel fuel in a DI engine' – Insulating the piston to reduce deposit formation
German study of running Tdi engines on vegetable oil.
"Renewable Oil Fuels and Engines as Components of Sustainable System Design" by Ed Beggs
"Palm Oil as a Fuel for Agricultural Diesel Engines: Comparative Testing against Diesel Oil" by Gumpon Prateepchaikul and Teerawat Apichato
"Unmodified Vegetable Oil as an Automotive Fuel" Report examining SVO. Written at the request of the European Commission
"AUTOMOTIVE SVO CONVERSION" Report on academic project -
" The primary motivation for this project is to explore the use of Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) as an alternative fuel source for compression combustion engines"
UK Biodiesel and Blends
Trade association of biodiesel producers
South Wales not for profit producing biodiesel and providing other sustainable energy solutions
The British Association for Biofuels and Oils
Promoting biofuel use in the UK
Bio-Power Network vegoil based fuels. Promoting solvent/waste vegetable oil blended fuel.
Health and Safety Executive Leaflet- Domestic production of biodiesel – health and safety warning. Points to ponder although generally considered to be slightly over stated considering other dangerous chemicals regularly handled in domestic situation.
UK HMCE Duty on biodiesel with definition of biodiesel that would appear to include SVO
Business Brief 10/05
HMCE Reference: BB 10/05: 07 April 2005
Internet pages of the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants
Bavarian renewables organization
"The purpose of C.A.R.M.E.N. is to promote the research, study, development and use of renewable raw materials to safeguard the future of rural areas, as well as to meet environmental, social and economic demands"
Publishes NAWAROS renewables newsletter
Over 75 biofuel related reports and publications archived as .pdf files, UK based
Technical work forums for engineering professionals
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics technical reports (search for diesel)
Mechanical science files providing diesel engine info.
Ecotraffic - report on sustainable fuels to the Swedish government.
Free html mechanics publications
Vegetable oil and biodiesel educational resource
Mercedes diesel discussion forum.
Forum for Dodge and Cummins diesel truck engines
VW diesel forum
Another VW diesel forum
Tdi info including wiring diagrams.
Isuzu - Clean Diesel technology - modern diesel engine development
Chevy diesel and Duramax information
Dodge 50 information
Chris Goodwin at Frybrid is a really useful guy he also runs
another forum here
Dana Linscott also does conversion stuff
Smartveg which in my opinion is the best system available so far
Neoteric / plant drive. Ed and Craig are awesome guys, Inventors of the Vegtherm, purveyors of the Vormaxx and best kit going in some people's opinion.