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What is BioDiesel?
Last Updated:  06/25/2015 06:30:15 AM

  • Biodiesel is a vegetable oil-based fuel that runs in diesel engines - cars, buses, trucks, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units.
     

  • It's usually made from soy or canola oil, and can also be made from recycled fryer oil (yes, from McDonalds or your local Chinese restaurant). You can blend it with regular diesel or run 100% biodiesel.
     

  • Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant greases. Four million gallons of used cooking oil is thrown away each year in the US. There are some used cooking oil recyclers that pay for used cooking oil.
     
  • Biodiesel is safe, biodegradable, and reduces serious air pollutants such as particulates, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and air toxics.
     
  • Blends of 20% biodiesel with 80% petroleum diesel (B20) can generally be used in unmodified diesel engines; however, users should consult their OEM and engine warranty statement.
     
  • Salt is ten times more toxic than biodiesel. 
     
  • Biodiesel can be used in existing diesel engines without major modifications, and may increase engine life.
     
  • Biodiesel is a solvent which will clean out the petrol diesel deposits in the fuel tank and fuel lines. It will also soften some rubber compounds.

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Biodiesel information   NEW    The latest information on biodiesel fuel, kits, plant, vehicles and processors.
Collaborative Biodiesel Tutorial:  NEW   This site is written by people from around the world who make biodiesel.  It's our way of sharing with you what we have learned. Take a look around and enjoy! (added 7/06)
Austrian Biofuels Institute (ABI):  offers information network exchange and plant and project information.
Bio Beetle:  the first, and only, rental car company in the world to offer rental cars fueled exclusively with biodiesel.
BIODESIEL:  Start up company drills for oil in Algae
Biodiesel:  "We turned our kitchen into a sort of illicit still and made a hell of a mess in there brewing biodiesel fuel out of about 60 litres of yukky waste cooking oil we got from behind McDonald's one night (they were happy to give it to us once we told them we didn't want to eat it). We were sure it would work, but we had to make it ourselves first -- we're not chemists, and if we can make it anyone can. 
Biodiesel (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia):  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An article discussing one of the renewable resource alternatives to petroleum.
Biodiesel in Hong Kong:   
Biodiesel Industries:  provides a basic introduction to the fuel, research results, and event details.
BioDiesel International (BDI):  operations include the planning and building of facilities for the production of biodiesel from plant and animal fats and oils.
Biodiesel processors:   
Biodiesel research and the University of Missouri:  bibliography, some on-line academic papers.
Do diesels have a future?:  Should the "dirty diesels" be scrapped once and for all in favour of cleaner technologies? There are those who think so, especially in the US -- but maybe they just haven't been paying attention. There's no such confusion in Europe, for instance.  Diesel engines power 37% of all new cars sold in Europe (62% in France), with the share predicted to rise to 45% by 2005 -- but fewer than 1% of new American cars have diesel engines.
Food or fuel?:   
FOOLPROOF biodiesel process:   
Glycerine:   
Grassolean:  vegetable oil based fuel that can be used as a replacement for petroleum diesel in any diesel engine with little or no modification to that engine.
GrassRoots Biodiesel:  outlines different processes for alternative fuels from vegetable oil.
Greenway Industries:  builds and licenses biodiesel technologies including products designed to reduce emissions and NOX, plus enhance specifications and functionality of diesel fuels.
Hemp Car:  an alternative-fuel vehicle utilizing hemp oil for fuel.
Pacific Biodiesel:  manufactures plants for producing clean, renewable diesel fuel from waste vegetable oil.
Pacific Biodiesel Inc :  A pioneer in the economic production of biodiesel.
Soygold Environmental Solutions:  distributes solvents, biodiesel, and mentholated seed oil.
Straight vegetable oil as diesel fuel:  There's a choice to make for running diesels on biofuels:  make biodiesel and just use it, no need to modify the engine, or buy a ready-made conversion system for your vehicle or build your own so you can run it on straight vegetable oil (SVO) -- no need to process the fuel, just put it in and go
Two-stage biodiesel process:   
University of Idaho:  shares up-to-date information about biodiesel production, availability and use 
Vegetable oil yields and characteristics:   
Washing:   
World Energy:  provider of alternative fuel solutions for federal, state, utility, transit, municipal, and private fleets.

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