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What Is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a fuel made from vegetable oils. Rapeseed and soybean oils are the most commonly used, although other vegetables oils such as mustard, palm oil, hemp and jatropha have been tried and seem to show a lot of potential. These are listed or called Virgin Oil Feedstock. We also have waste vegetable oils that are byproducts from animal fats like tallow, lard and yellow grease.

Biodiesel is an environmentally friendly alternative to the petroleum diesel we use today. Did you know Dr Rudolf Diesel the inventor of the diesel engine was showing his newly invented engine at the Paris exhibition running on peanut oil in 1893?

During a speech at the same exhibition he was quoted as saying “the diesel engine can be fed with vegetable oils and will help considerably in the development of the agriculture of the countries which use it.” The diesel engine was therefore designed to run on biodiesel fuel and not petroleum gas.

Biodiesel is a clean burning fuel that would reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of today’s vehicles by up to 100%. Biodiesel is also biodegradable and non-toxic.

However, you should never fuel your vehicle with clean or used grease or vegetable oil that has not been converted to biodiesel. It will damage your engine.







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