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What is Biodiesel?

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. Biodiesel is very clean burning, renewable fuel made from  vegetable oil, rendered animal fats  or recycled fryer grease. Biodiesel can be used alone,  or blended with petro diesel. To make biodiesel, the base oil is put through a process called “esterification.”
This refining method uses  alcohol (ethanol or methanol) and a catalyst to convert the oil into  a fatty-acid methyl-ester fuel (biodiesel). Mobile Biofuel Technologies mobile biodiesel refineries  makes this process very easy and
with  mobile ability, allowing you to make biodiesel anywhere…even off grid.

How is biodiesel made?

Biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification whereby the glycerin is separated from the fat or vegetable oil. The process leaves behind two products — methyl esters (the chemical name for biodiesel) and glycerin (a valuable byproduct usually sold to be used in soaps and other products).

Although the transesterification of vegetable oil was conducted as early  as
1853, it was at the Paris Exhibition of 1900 that Rudolph Diesel  unveiled his new engine – which ran entirely on vegetable oil
Biodiesel can be used  in pure  form  (B100)  or may be blended with petroleum diesel at any concentration. Biodiesel will  run in any diesel engine with  no necessary modifications A variety of oils  can be used to produce biodiesel. These include Virgin oils such  as Jatropha, Canola and Soy Bean; Waste vegetable oil (WVO); Rendered animal fats  such as tallow, lard  and fish  oil, as well  as algae.  All these can be processed with  a Mobile Refinery™  from MBT. Biodiesel is renewable and sustainable. Regular petroleum diesel is finite. Biodiesel helps stabilize the economy. Petroleum does  not. Biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 50%. Petroleum raises greenhouse gas emissions Producing your own biofuel keeps your  money  local, reducing dependence on foreign oil.

Is Biodiesel the same thing as raw vegetable oil?

No! Fuel-grade biodiesel must be produced to strict industry specifications (ASTM D6751) in order to insure proper performance. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Biodiesel that meets ASTM D6751 and is legally registered with the Environmental Protection Agency is a legal motor fuel for sale and distribution. Raw vegetable oil cannot meet biodiesel fuel specifications, it is not registered with the EPA, and it is not a legal motor fuel. For entities seeking to adopt a definition of biodiesel for purposes such as federal or state statute, state or national divisions of weights and measures, or for any other purpose, the official definition consistent with other federal and state laws and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) guidelines is as follows:Biodiesel is defined as mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats which conform to ASTM D6751 specifications for use in diesel engines. Biodiesel refers to the pure fuel before blending with diesel fuel. Biodiesel blends are denoted as, “BXX” with “XX” representing the percentage of biodiesel contained in the blend (ie: B20 is 20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel).

Why should I use biodiesel?

Biodiesel is better for the environment because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel. It is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar. Since it is made in the USA from renewable resources such as soybeans, its use decreases our dependence on foreign oil and contributes to our own economy.Biodiesel is far less  harmful to our environment. Biodiesel burns much  cleaner than petroleum diesel. Emissions from
biodiesel have 56% less hydrocarbons, 43% less carbon monoxide, and the nastiest of all, particulate matter, is 55% less. Biodiesel biodegrades faster than sugar. Biodiesel is a non-toxic, inert liquid. Ordinary table salt  is 10 times more  toxic than biodiesel

Where do I get biodiesel?

Biodiesel is available nationwide. It can be purchased directly from biodiesel producers and marketers, petroleum distributors, or at a handful of public pumps throughout the nation.