What is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is an advanced bio-fuel that is renewable and biodegradable, so it is cleaner burning. In addition to vehicles, it is also used in heating systems. Biodiesel meets both the biomass-based diesel and overall advanced biofuel requirement of the Renewable Fuel Standard. (The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a federal program that requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels.) Biodiesel is the first fuel commercially produced nationwide that meets the U.S. EPA’s definition of an Advanced Biofuel. Advanced biofuel is defined as a renewable fuel other than ethanol derived from cornstarch.

What is Biodiesel made from?

Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable fuel from animal fats and corn oil and recycled cooking oil and vegetable oil.

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).

Biodiesel Fact #1

Biodiesel Fun Fact!

Biodiesel blends can be used in any diesel engine without modification, according to manufacturers’ recommendations. Biodiesel fleet fuel is a renewable, & economically viable alternative to conventional diesel.

Biodiesel Fact #2

Biodiesel Fun Fact!

Biodiesel is renewable, which means we can always make more. Petroleum diesel comes from crude oil, a fossil fuel, and someday it may run out. Since biodiesel is made in the USA, it can help our country become energy independent.

Is Biodiesel Safe?

Biodiesel is completely safe because of the all natural compounds that it’s made from so if you spill it on the ground it will quickly degrade into natural organic residue. It is safer than petroleum diesel because it is less combustible. The flashpoint for biodiesel is higher than 130°C, compared with about 52°C for petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is safe to handle, store, and transport.

When used in marine environments biodiesel reduces the impact on wildlife.

Biodiesel has zero aromatics so it reduces toxicity and burns cleaner. Biodiesel even reduces air pollution compared to petroleum diesel. Biodiesel reduces air toxins and cancer-causing compounds.

Using biodiesel reduces emissions because carbon dioxide released from biodiesel combustion is offset by the carbon dioxide absorbed from growing soybeans or other feedstocks used to produce the fuel.

Why 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. Produced domestically with natural resources, its use decreases our dependence on imported fuel and contributes to our own economy

Is Biodiesel the same thing as raw vegetable oil?

No! Fuel-grade biodiesel must be produced to strict industry specifications (ASTM D6751) in order to ensure 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 and is not a legal motor fuel that meets the diesel fuel specifications of ASTM D975.

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