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Biodiesel Fuel

Biodiesel is considered an alternative fuel which is made from either vegetable oil or animal fats (long-chain mono-alkyl esters). Biodiesel is typically produced by chemically reacting animal fat or vegetable oil with alcohol.

Biodiesel Fuel
Biodiesel Fuel

Biodiesel fuel is all about exclusivity, formulated only for diesel engines. Does biodiesel provide any positive effects? How exactly does it help the environment? In this article, I plan to cover all of these questions and more.

You see, I believe that the future of diesel cars and vehicles relies heavily on bio-diesel fuel. Don't be fooled into thinking that we have an "endless" line of fossil fuels. No, one day it is going to run out. Not only that, but gasoline is very harmful to the environment and has the potential to cause many health problems. It already has.

In fact, some of the biggest gross polluters on this earth are not cars at all but diesel powered ships at sea, the kind of ships that ironically carry petroleum or other heavy freight. The next biggest gross polluters of fossil fuels are in fact cars and other light vehicles.

Biodiesel vehicles aren't complex any more than your average car. They are basically your standard diesel engines which pump biodiesel fuel.

B100 is made up of 100-percent biodiesel. And then there are several blends of biodiesel and petrodiesel including B99 (99-percetn biodiesel fuel), B20 (20-percent biodiesel, 80-percent petrodiesel), B5 (5-percent biodiesel) and B2 (2-percent biodiesel).

The blends of less that 20-percent biodiesel fuel are meant to be used in traditional diesel engines with little or no modifications. You'll need to check with your engine manufacturer to see if blends of 20-percent or less void the warranty on your engine.

Biodiesel Fuel Production

Biodiesel may be produced using the following feedstocks or a mixture of some of the following feedstocks:

 
  • soybeans
  • rapeseed
  • pennycress
  • jatropha
  • corn
  • mustard
  • flax
  • sunflower
  • palm
  • coconut
  • hemp
  • waste veggie oil
  • tallow
  • lard
  • yellow grease
  • chicken fat
  • fish
  • algae

Advantages of Biodiesel

- Clean: Biodiesel is cleaner that it's cousin (low sulfur clean diesel) and reduces carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and other harmful emissions that hurt the environment. Biodiesel fuel is naturally oxygenated meaning it carries more molecules of clean burning hydrogen and oxygen and fewer carbon atoms.

- Life expectancy: Biodiesel is thinner than regular diesel and serves as a better lubricant thus, increasing engine life.

- Smell: If you have ever smelled biodiesel than you understand how much better it is than regular diesel fuel.

- Renewable: This is probably the most attractive thing about biodiesel fuel, which is the fact that it is plant-based (which means it can be grown over and over again).

- Vegetable oil and used veggie oil are two popular products commonly used to make homemade biodiesel fuel.

Disadvantages

I wouldn't really consider these ideas "disadvantages" because that wouldn't make much sense. They are just things to think about not something which undermines those HUGE advantages biodiesel fuel already has.

For one, you must realize that it biodiesel engines require special handling in cold weather (additives can keep biodiesel fuel from gelling) and educating yourself on the "how to" aspect of it will prove very beneficial when the time arises. Biodiesel fuel as has the tendency to absorb atmospheric water if not used right away, so cars that tend to sit and not be used for long periods may have issues with this. Also, biodiesel engines have a tendency to deteriorate any "non-synthetic" (rubbers) in your fuel system parts (lines, seals, etc).

Biodiesel-powered Car

Finally, biodiesels produce less energy than diesel engines so you may not have as much pulling power as you would like. However, any of the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages.

Be ready to see some changes in the future in terms of biodiesel car and vehicle production. You will see more and more cars and trucks being run on biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel fuel is non-toxic and not as flammable as gasoline.

The advantages are all there. Now it's time to take your new biodiesel car out for a test drive.

 

External Links

B100 Biodiesel locator map: http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/biodiesel

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