What is biodiesel?
Biodiesel is a domestic,
renewable fuel for diesel engines and fuel
oil heating systems. Made from agricultural
co-products and byproducts such as soybean
oil, other natural oils, and greases, it is
an advanced biofuel. To be called biodiesel,
it must meet the strict quality
specifications of ASTM D 6751. Biodiesel can
be used in any blend with petroleum diesel
How 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).
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. 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 own economy.
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