ALL About Biodiesel
What is biodiesel?
Biodiesel is a non-toxic, clean-burning, renewable fuel made from biological ingredients. It can be used as an additive or alternative to petroleum diesel. It’s the only alternative fuel approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation.
What vehicles can use biodiesel?
Any diesel engine can run on biodiesel! Vehicles made prior to 1993 with natural rubber fuels lines will need to replace rubber components with synthetic counterparts, as biodiesel is a solvent and will break down rubber over time.
How is biodiesel made?
Rogue Biofuels collects used cooking oil (UCO) from restaurants throughout Oregon. The UCO is then filtered, de-watered, and undergoes a process called transesterification. The outcome is biodiesel! More information can be found at the National Biodiesel Board.
How do biodiesel emissions compare to those of
A 2002 study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency found that biodiesel exhaust emissions of carbon dioxide were an average 48% lower, particulate matter were 47% lower, total hydrocarbons (smog) were 67% lower, and sulfur oxides and sulfates (acid rain components) were essentially eliminated compared to those of petroleum diesel fuel.
For more information visit Biodiesel.org
Top Ten Reasons to Love Biodiesel
- Fewer greenhouse gas emissions (approximately 78.5% less carbon dioxide emissions than that of petroleum diesel)
- Nontoxic (safe to handle, store and transport)
- Renewable energy source
- Decreases foreign oil dependency
- Stimulates Oregon’s economy (locally collected, made and sold)
- Lubricates diesel engines (thereby decreasing engine wear)
- Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Transportation approved
- Energy security (contains 3.2 times the amount of energy it takes to produce it)
- Can be used in engines we already have