Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced
from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum,
but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create
a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel)
engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use,
biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
is biodiesel made?
Biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification
whereby the glycerin is separated from the fat or vegetable oil. The
process leaves behind two products -- methyl esters (the chemical
name for biodiesel) and glycerin (a valuable byproduct usually sold
to be used in soaps and other products).
should I use biodiesel?
Biodiesel is better for the environment because it is made from renewable
resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel. It
is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar. Since
it is made in the USA from renewable resources such as soybeans, its
use decreases our dependence on foreign oil and contributes to our
Biodiesel the same thing as raw vegetable oil?
No! Fuel-grade biodiesel must be produced to strict industry
specifications (ASTM D6751) in order to insure proper performance.
Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the
health effects testing requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.
Biodiesel that meets ASTM D6751 and is legally registered with the
Environmental Protection Agency is a legal motor fuel for sale and
distribution. Raw vegetable oil cannot meet biodiesel fuel specifications,
it is not registered with the EPA, and it is not a legal motor fuel.
Oil & Gas is the exclusive distributor of Biodiesel on the Eastern
more information visit http://www.biodiesel.org