Some Interesting Biodiesel Facts
These biodiesel facts should give you a brief overview of biodiesel.
- Biodiesel is made from renewable sources like vegetable oils and animal fats.
- The most common process of making biodiesel is called transesterfication.
- When making biodiesel you also need :
- methanol or ethanol.
- a catalyst like potassium or sodium hydroxide.
- Biodiesel is totally biodegradable.
- Biodiesel is not toxic.
- Biodiesel is not flammable and has a flash point which is higher than that of fossil diesel. This means that it is much safer to store than fossil diesel.
- Engine power when using biodiesel is less that that of normal diesel but not substantially so.
- The harmful emissions that you would have when running fossil diesel are dramatically reduced when running even a small percentage of biodiesel.
- Biodiesel reduces visible smoke from your tailpipe.
- Biodiesel is more lubricating than petroleum diesel fuel so it has the potential to increase engine life.
- Your car does not need a conversion to run on biodiesel.
- Biodiesel can be made safely at home as long as safety standards are maintained.
- The world could never produce enough biodiesel to replace fossil diesel. But it can be a part of the solution.
- You do not need to change your maintenance schedule when using biodiesel.
- Biodiesel can be blended with petroleum diesel in any ratio. The ratio is indicated with a B rating. B20 is 20 percent biodiesel, B80 is 80 percent biodiesel.
- In 2008 700 million gallons of biodiesel was produced in the US.
- In some countries biodiesel fuel prices are higher than that of normal diesel and in some countries you will have biodiesel blended into your fuel by law.
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