Tell Me the Facts About Biodiesel Fuel
We want to help you better understand biodiesel fuel.
What is Biodiesel Fuel?
Biodiesel is a renewable, oxygenated fuel.
It is made from agricultural and renewable resources, including soybeans or rapeseeds.
Biodiesel is comprised of methyl or ethyl ester-based oxygenates of long chain fatty acids derived from the transesterification of vegetable oils, animal fats, and cooking oils. It does not contain petroleum-based diesel fuel --- but can be blended at any level with petroleum based diesel fuel.
If it is not blended with petroleum-based diesel fuel, such biodiesel is referred to as "B 100", which means it consists of 100% (pure) biodiesel.
Most common biodiesel is blended with conventional (petroleum-based) diesel fuel. The percentage of the blend can be identified by its name. The most common blends are "B 7" (consisting of 7% biodiesel and 93% conventional petroleum-based diesel fuel) and "B 20" (a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% conventional diesel). Raw pressed vegetable oils are not considered to be biodiesel.
Advantages of Biodiesel Fuel
Let’s go through the advantages and disadvantages of biodiesel fuel.
· Biodegradable and non-toxic.
· Safer than conventional diesel fuel due to its higher flashpoint.
· Less visible smoke.
· Lower amount of particulate matter.
Following the increased interest in the reduction of emissions and the reduction of the use of petroleum distillate based fuels; many governments and regulating bodies encourage the use of biodiesel.