Sunday, September 5, 2010


Biodiesel (also known as biofuel, or bio diesel) is an alternative fuel produced from renewable sources such as vegetable oils, recycled cooking oils, and animal fats. Biofuel is much cleaner than fossil-fuel diesel (AKA dinodiesel).  It can be used in any diesel engine with no need for modifications - in fact diesel engines run better and last longer with biofuel.  You can start making biodiesel by using our high quality biodiesel equipment and we offer various demonstrations on making biodiesel at home
Making Biodiesel

The use of Biodiesel is growing fast and this is because:

    * Biodiesel is an alternative biodiesel fuel that can be produced from any fat or vegetable oil including waste cooking oil.
    * Making biodiesel at home is done easily and cheaply with the EuroFuelTech biodiesel processors.
    * Making biodiesel could save you up to 50% of your fuel bill.
    * Any diesel engine can use alternative biodiesel fuel - with no modifications to the engine.
    * Biofuel can be mixed with ordinary diesel fuel in any proportion -- even a small amount of biodiesel means cleaner emissions and better engine lubrication: 1% biodiesel will increase lubricity by 65% .  Better lubrication means less engine wear.
    * Fuel economy is the same as conventional diesel fuel.
    * Biofuel is a much better lubricant than diesel fuel and extends engine life - a German truck won an entry in the Guinness Book of Records by travelling more than 1.25 million km (780,000 miles) on biodiesel with its original engine.
    * Biofuel has a high cetane rating, which improves engine performance: 20% biodiesel added to conventional diesel fuel improves the cetane rating 3 points, making it a Premium fuel.
    * The flash point of biofuel in its pure form is more than >266 ºF versus approximately 125ºF for regular diesel.   This makes biodiesel much safer than diesel.

Biofuel and the Environment

Biodiesel production has significant environmental benefits in terms of decreased global warming impacts, reduced emissions, greater energy independence and a positive impact on agriculture. These are all advantages which have been confirmed by various EC Commission programmes and tests of independent research institutes:

    * The use of biofuel results in a significant reduction in particulate emissions and CO2 emission - 65%-90% less than conventional diesel. Various studies estimate that the use of 1 kg of biodiesel leads to the reduction of some 3 kg of CO2.
    * Bio diesel is extremely low in sulphur, and has a high lubricity and fast biodegradability.
    * Alternative biodiesel fuel burns up to 75% cleaner than diesel made from fossil fuels.
    * Biodiesel production substantially reduces unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulate matter in exhaust fumes.
    * Vegetable oils can be recycled as feedstock for biodiesel production, so can reduce the loss of used oils in the environment and provides a competitive and CO² advantageous way of transforming a waste into transport energy.
    * Biofuel exhaust is not offensive and doesn't cause eye irritation.  Vehicles do not spew out vile black fumes/particulates.  In fact if you make your fuel from used cooking oil it may even smell of chips.
    * Making biodiesel is environmentally friendly: it is renewable, "more biodegradable than sugar and less toxic than table salt" (US National Biodiesel Board).
    * Alternative biodiesel fuel was the first renewable fuel to successfully complete the EPA-required Health Effects Testing under the Clean Air Act. Mutagenicity studies show that biofuel dramatically reduces potential risks of cancer and birth defects.
    * Making biodiesel helps preserve natural resources. For every unit of energy needed to produce biodiesel, 3.24 units of energy are gained - nearly four times more than diesel.

Biofuel has been produced on an industrial scale in the European Union since 1992, largely in response to positive signals from the EU institutions. Today, there are approximately 120 biodiesel plants in the EU producing up to 6,100,000 tonnes of biofuel annually. These biodiesel plants are mainly located in Germany, Italy, Austria, France and Sweden.

As such, an increased use of biofuel in Europe represents an important step for the European Union to meet its emission reduction target as agreed under the Kyoto agreement.


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