What is Biodiesel?
Biofuels are fuels produced directly or indirectly from organic material – biomass – including plant materials and animal waste. In contrast to fossil fuels, the source biomatter of biofuels can regrow quickly. For this reason, bio-based fuels – the most common of which ethanol, biodiesel, biomass and biogas – can be classified as a form of renewable energy.
Our company produces three different biodiesel blends:
Performance of Biodiesel
Operationally, biodiesel blends perform very similar to low sulfur diesel in terms of power, torque, and fuel without major modification of engines or infrastructure. One of the major benefits of biodiesel is the fact that it can be used in existing engines and fuel injection equipment with little impact to operating performance. It shows similar fuel consumption, horsepower, torque, and haulage rates as conventional diesel fuel.
Biodiesel provides significant lubricity over petroleum diesel fuel. Even biodiesel as low as 1% can provide up to a 65% increase in lubricity in distillate fuels.
Benefits of Switching
Producing biofuels lessens the dependence on traditional fossil fuels and improves diversity of fuel supply. Sustainable biofuels is an attractive alternative to fossil fuels because their production is not limited to locations where fossil fuels can be drilled, enabling a more diverse geographic supply.
Biodiesel has higher lubricity than petroleum diesel. This is a good thing, as it can be expected to reduce engine wear compared to low sulfur diesel fuels. Fuels with higher lubricity may increase the usable life of high-pressure fuel injection equipment that relies on the fuel for its lubrication
Biofuels also burn more efficiently than petroleum diesel and are typically less flammable.
1. Reduces lifecycle greenhouse gases by 86%
2. Reduces hydrocarbon emissions by 67%
3. Biodiesel production reduces wastewater by 79% and hazardous waste by 96%
Biofuels are green fuels in that they do not contribute to the carbon dioxide (CO2) burden.
Biofuel is non-toxic and biodegradable. The acute oral LD50 (lethal dose) is greater than 17.4g/Kg body weight. By comparison, table salt is nearly 10 times more toxic. Biodiesel degrades about four times faster than petroleum diesel. Within 28 days, pure biodiesel degrades 85 to 88 percent in water. Dextrose (a test sugar used as the positive control when testing biodegradability) degraded at the same rate. Blending biodiesel with diesel fuel accelerated its biodegradability. For example, blends of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent fuel degrade twice as fast as #2 diesel alone.