What is Biodiesel?
And why is Biodiesel a Superior Alternative Fuel?
Biodiesel is a high performance premium fuel that is environmentally friendly. An alternative to diesel fuel, Biodiesel is derived from renewable domestic sources such as virgin oil stock (i.e. soybean, rape-seed), recycled oils and waste grease. Biodiesel has many performance benefits when compared to petrochemical diesel: Biodiesel reduces engine wear through increased lubricity. In many engines, it may increase fuel economy by 5-15%. Biodiesel continuously cleans the fuel tank & fuel system, increases torque, provides quicker starts, smoother, quieter operation, longer engine life and reduced maintenance. A 60+ and above cetane rating reduces engine knocking (Diesel #2 has a cetane rating of 45).
Biodiesel is a biomass (farm) product, contains no petrochemicals, is biodegradable, non-toxic, not a health risk to humans or animals, greatly reduces emitted particulates and green house gases, and is essentially sulfur and aromatic free.
Biodiesel can be used in existing diesel engines in either its pure state (100% biodiesel or B100) or blended with petroleum diesel with no modifications to the diesel engine.
Biodiesel doesn’t contribute to global warming.
Since more carbon dioxide is taken up by the plants that are grown to produce it than is emitted when it is burned, biodiesel is considered carbon neutral.
For every ton of Biodiesel used in place of petrochemical diesel - three tons less carbon dioxide are liberated from storage in fossilized hydrocarbons - 180 gms less sulfur oxides are produced (virtually zero emission); -20 kg less nitrous oxides are produced (although NO2 emissions may increased by 5%, This increase is mitigated by use of a catalytic converter. Catalytic converters are ideal for use with biodiesel as no sulfur is present that can foul the device); -50 kg less carbon monoxide is produced; -and 40 kg less particulates are produced.
(Smoke: petroleum diesel particulates contain carcinogenic aromatic hydrocarbons and can contribute to cancer, as well as asthma and other respiratory diseases. Biodiesel emissions do not.)