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BioDiesel Stories of Interest / News
World's First Fully Renewable
Biodiesel Facility Set for
March 29, Opening in Denton, Texas

March 18, 2005

Chatanooga City Fleets going to
Biodiesel Blend

February 22, 2005

U. of Wisconsin Experiments with

February 21, 2005

Washington Pumped Up About
Cleaner Fuel

February 21, 2005 - Seattle Post

Monterey County:
Pumped Up on Biodiesel

November 29, 2004

Women Pioneer Biofuels to Save
Mother Earth

November 21, 2004

Berkeley Curbside Recycling Trucks
Fueled by Recycled Vegi Oil

April 18, 2001

BioDiesel Links

National Biodiesel Board

Biodiesel Now Forum

Alternative Fuels Data Center

Biodiesel America.Org
Home of the Veggie Van &
Biodiesel school bus campaign.

Veggie Van Movie
Producer / Director:
Joshua Tickell

Piedmont Biofuels Cooperative
A North Carolina Biodiesel Co-op.

Local B100.Com

Biodiesel Solutions
Make your own...

Willie Nelson Biodiesel


Peace Coffee Biodiesel Delivery Van
Peace Coffee

Brevard Biodiesel

Pacific BioFuels

BioDiesel Blogs

Biodiesel Blogs

B100, Living on Biodiesel

Biodiesel Confidential

Green Trust Sustainabiliy &
Renewable Energy

Energy Blog

Brevard BioDiesel Blog


leaving the grid

Central Florida Biodiesel Distributors

BioFuels America, Inc.
120 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Ste 105
Fort Lauderdale FL. 33334
Jim Robertson

Delco Oil
174 S. Highway 17
East Palatka, FL. 32131
Kenny Ford

Ward Oil Co.
2701 Louisiana Ave.
Tampa, FL. 33610
Aaron Evanson

Why BioDiesel?

Biodiesel is Biodegradable, it's Renewable. It has the
advantages of dramatically reduced sulfate and hydrocarbon
emissions and reduces particulate matter.

It is nontoxic and does not damage
water quality.

Biodiesel is a fuel that can be made
from vegetable oils such as soy,
rape seed (canola), and hemp oil
mixed with methane and a small
amount of lye. It runs a diesel engine
just as petroleum-based diesel would.
The original engine designed by
Rudolph Diesel in the late 1800's was
built to run on peanut oil. Later,
the petroleum industry modified the
engine to run on a by-product of the gasoline
distillation process. They dubbed the by-product
"diesel" and marketed it for use in the modified diesel engine.
Although contemporary diesel engines are made to run
on the less viscous fuel, vegetable oil is still a viable
source of fuel. The process of blending it into a biodiesel
alters the viscosity to make it appropriate for use in the
modern diesel engine.

Most biodiesel is being sold and used as an additve to
petroleum based diesel, frequently as low as 2% biodiesel
(B2) to 98% diesel.

here for a list of retail stations around the United States
selling Biodiesel. Click
here for a list of distributors.

BioDiesel Questions

What is Biodiesel?
How is Biodiesel made?
Why Should I use biodiesel?
How do Biodiesel emissions compare to petroleum diesel?
Can Biodiesel help mitigate "Global Warming"?
Can I use Biodiesel in my existing diesel engine?

What is Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel,
produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains
no petrolum, 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, biodegadable, nontoxic, an essentially free of sulfur and

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 byprocuct usually sold
to be used in soaps and other products).

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 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.

How do Biodiesel emissions compare to petroleum diesel?
Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health
effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act in the U.S. The use of
Biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine results in substantial reduction
of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter
compared to emissions from diesel fuel. In addition, the exhaust
emissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates (major components of acid
rain) from Biodiesel are essentially elimainated compared to diesel.

Of the major exhaust pollutants, both unburned hydrocarbons and
nitrogen oxides are ozone or smog forming precursors. The use of
Biodiesel results in a substaintial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons.
Emissions of nitrogen oxides are either slightly reduced or slightly
increased depending on the duty cycle of the engine and testing
methods use.

Can Biodiesel help mitigate "Global Warming"?
A 1998 Biodiesel lifecycle study, jointly sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
concluded Biodiesel reduces CO_
2 emissions by 78 percent
compared to petroleum diesel. This is due to Biodiesel's
closed carbon cycle. The CO_
2 released into the atmosphere
when biodiesel is burned is recycled by growing plants, which are
later processed into fuel.

Can I use Biodiesel in my existing diesel engine?
Biodiesel can be operated in any diesel engine with little or no
modification to the engine or the fuel system. Biodiesel has a
solvent effect that may release deposits accumulated on tank
walls and pipes from previous diesel fuel storage. The release of
deposits may clog filters initially and filters should be checked
following the first use of Biodiesel in an older vehicle. The rare
vehicles that was built before 1985 with natural rubber seals and
hoses have yet to be replaced may experience some degradation,
the hoses and seals should be checked from time to time.

Questions & Answers courtesy of
The National Biodiesel Board.

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