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The Benefits of using Biodiesel
Biodiesel has many advantages and benefits over petrodiesel, which are derived from fossil fuel. A summary of some of the more notable benefits of biodiesel are listed below.
- Instead of money flowing to far-away and potentially hostile countries in pursuit of petrodiesel, local farmers and other workers will benefit if biodiesel is produced from locally-grown plants.
- Biodiesel is a very important new revenue stream for local farmers and other local producers in the country.
- Biodiesel is a renewable resource, unlike petrodiesel, whose price will inexorably increase as accessible world supplies diminish.
- Biodiesel can be made from waste oils and other waste materials (rendered animal fats), thus increasing the ability of a country to make more efficient use of local resources.
- Biodiesel will result in significantly less pollution due to low emissions Carbon Dioxide (CO), particulate matter, and other pollutants. For example:
- biodiesel is free of lead, which can cause various diseases, including cancer.
- biodiesel contains no sulfur or aromatics (e.g. toxic compounds like benzene, toluene, and xylene), which can cause respiratory diseases and cancer.
- B100 biodiesel results in a 78% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. It lowers carbon monoxide (CO) emissions by 44 percent, particulate matter emissions by 40 percent and sulfate emissions by 100 percent. B20 lowers carbon monoxide (CO) emissions by 9 percent, particulate matter emissions by 8 percent and sulfate emissions by 20 percent. When B20 is used along with an oxidation catalyst, it reduces particulate matter by 45 percent, carbon monoxide by 41 percent and total hydrocarbons by 65 percent.
- Biodiesel is non-toxic and biodegradeable and therefore will not harm the environment or people. Unlike petrodiesel and gasoline, it is less toxic than table salt and as degradeable as sugar!
- Biodiesel is much safer to store and transport than petrodiesel. This is because, in addition to being non-toxic to people, biodiesel has a flash point or ignition point of 152 degress Celsius, which is several times better than petrodiesel at 52 degrees Celsius. It is so safe that it can be shipped by common mail carriers!
- Biodiesel cleans engines and significantly increases their lifespan by reducing engine and fuel system wear. This is because biodiesel has higher lubrication properties than petrodiesel.
- Biodiesel will work in current engines and can be transported using current distribution systems, unlike most alternative energy sources.
- Biodiesel ignition quality (Cetane rating) is significantly higher than petrodiesel, which results in smoother ignition and less pollution from ignition
- Biodiesel means less dependence on importing petrodiesel from unstable or far-away countries. This is because Biodiesel can be produced from locally-grown crops or waste products. For example, in 2005, the USA consumed about 2 billion liters of oil per day (or about 13 billion barrels oil/day) of imported oil!
- Organizations and countries that use biodiesel can stand proud in the national and international arena and say that they are doing their part to protect and nurture the environment for future generations.
Note: Biodiesel blends are not only more cost-effective than 100% biodiesel, but they still maintain significant advantages over fossil fuels. Click here for more information.