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Biodiesel Basics


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Presented by Robert Stensberg and Summers Long with Fusion Renewables on March 5, 2013, as part of the Clean Cities Winter Webinar Series.

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Biodiesel Basics

  1. 1.  Biodiesel, n - a fuel comprised of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, designated B100, and meeting the requirements of ASTM D 6751. It’s made through a chemical process called transesterifacation whereby glycerin is separated from the fats or vegetable oils Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
  2. 2.  Biodiesel is safe to handle and non-toxic. Emission from biodiesel have been shown to contain less carbon monoxide (48% less), particulate matter (47%), and hydrocarbons (67%) the leading cause of localized smog. B100 reduces the cancer causing agents in exhaust (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons PAH and nitrated PAH) by 80%, B20 by 18%. Biodiesel acts as a better solvent adding needed lubricity to diesel fuel and this will help clean out old fuel tanks. Biodiesel is produced from domestic renewable sources here in the Midwest.
  3. 3.  Biodiesel can be blended with petroleum diesel in almost any concentration to meet your performance needs. Market condition can and have reduced the cost of biodiesel below that of conventional diesel fuel. Fuel Mileage is almost identical to diesel fuel. You can adjust your blend of biodiesel to take advantage of weather and market opportunities, as well as switch back and forth from Petroleum Diesel to Biodiesel.
  4. 4.  The ability to swap biodiesel with diesel fuel makes the uses of biodiesel as versatile as the diesel engine itself.On Road Trucks and School Buses and Home Heating OilCars Municipality EquipmentUS Military Marine MiningTransit Generators Farming
  5. 5. Biodiesel is Produced from: Soy Oil, Animal Tallow,Corn Oil, Used Cooking Oil, Canola Oil, Palm Oil,Sunflower Oil, Peanut Oil, Algae Oil, and newfeedstocks are being developed all of the time!
  6. 6. www.biodiesel.orgEric De Bruinedebruin@fusionrenewables.com414-486-1513