What is Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel source that is made from raw materials that are commonly referred to as feedstocks. The feedstocks in use now are often highly refined oil from canola, soy, palm, or corn. The oil is extracted from the feedstock and then introduced to both a catalyst and methanol. The result is biodiesel (B100).
Advantages of biodiesel
Produced domestically. Thus, lessening our dependence on foreign oil.
Not dangerous to the environment.
It is both non-toxic and biodegradable.
Contains virtually no sulfur and has an 80% lower carbon footprint compared to petroleum diesel.
Has a much higher cetane rating than petroleum diesel and improves engine performance when blended with petroleum diesel.
Biodiesel has superior lubricity.
Uses less energy to produce when compared to petroleum diesel
Stimulates local economies through job creation in farming, transportation, and production.
Has a positive energy balance of 4.5 units of energy for every 1 unit of energy it takes to produce it. Compared to an energy balance of .843 for petroleum diesel and .805 for gasoline.
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