What is biodiesel and what is it currently used for?


This train in France runs on biodiesel.

This train in France runs on biodiesel.

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With rising gas prices and growing environmental awareness, the need to consider alternative energy and fuel sources is becoming a necessity.

An alternative is the use of biodiesel fuel, which is becoming increasingly popular today.

What is biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning, domestically produced substitute for petroleum diesel. The use of biodiesel as fuel for vehicles increases energy security, improves air quality, the environment and provides safety benefits.

Because biodiesel is a cleaner burning diesel fuel made from 100% natural and 100% renewable plant-based sources, its uses in today鈥檚 society may surprise you.

Ways in which he uses biodiesel is already used

1.- Biodiesel car rental. That鈥檚 right, a car rental in Maui and Los Angeles rents cars that run on biodiesel. These cars get between 400 and 800 miles per tank, not bad considering the price of gas these days.

2.- Fuel for home heatingr. more people are considering biodiesel as an alternative to heat their home. Most boiler or oil-fired ovens can use biodiesel (B20), which is a fuel made up of 80% traditional heating oil and 20% biodiesel.

However, some people are adapting their furnaces so they can burn B100, a fuel made entirely from vegetable oils, which burns much cleaner than traditional heating oil.

3.- Electricity generation. Diesel generators that produce electricity now run on biodiesel fuel. A superior alternative to the typical coal-burning power plants currently used in the United States. Running on biodiesel is an economical, clean and renewable way of generating electricity.

4.- Truck industry. More and more truckers are switching from diesel fuel to biodiesel fuel. The benefits are numerous not to mention the advantage of helping the environment and reducing our dependence on foreign oil, while saving money.

5.- Agriculture. Tractors, combines, cultivators, collectors, conveyors, generators, pumps and irrigation systems that normally use diesel fuel now use biodiesel to power their work.

6.- Marine vehicles. Commercial fleets such as ferries, pleasure yachts, sailboats and powerboats are all candidates for biodiesel. For examplePacific Whale Foundationlocated in Hawaii, uses biodiesel in its boats.

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