Friday, October 27, 2006

BioDiesel

source: http://sustainabledesignupdate.com/?p=56

BioDiesel Pump

Support Midwest Farmers or Middle East Oil Barons?

Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel made primarily from vegetable oil. Biodiesel is a renewable resource, it contains no petroleum and it can be blended with regular diesel fuel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be substituted for diesel fuel in diesel engines with no modification. Biodiesel is biodegradable, nontoxic, and very low polluting when compared with standard diesel. I have tried both 20% and 99% blends of Biodiesel and I find that my diesel car runs perfectly on these fuels plus it doesn’t have the characteristic diesel smell.

Biodiesel is made through using acids to separate glycerin from vegetable oil or fat. The process leaves behind two products â€" methyl esters (the chemical name for biodiesel) and glycerin (a valuable byproduct usually sold to be used in soaps and other products).

Biodiesel is good for the environment because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions when 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. Support Midwest farmers or middle east oil barons?

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.

More information at the National BioDiesel Board: http://www.biodiesel.org/

An interesting article on “The Conscientious Cruiser” a BioDiesel bus converted to a sustainable design classroom by SDU friend Amy Grettum: Link Here

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