Using biodiesel has many benefits like:
- biodiesel is a clean burning fuel.
- biodiesel does not have any toxic emissions like mineral diesel.
- biodiesel does not require modifications to a diesel engine to be used.
- biodiesel has reduced exhaust emissions compared to petroleum diesel fuel.
- biodiesel has lower toxicity compared to petroleum diesel fuel.
- biodiesel is safer to handle compared to petroleum diesel fuel.
- biodiesel quality is governed by ASTM D 6751 quality parameters.
- biodiesel is bio-degradable.
No, there is no need to convert any diesel operated engine to use biodiesel. No modifications or alterations are required to utilize biodiesel. The consumer can use biodiesel as and when he desires
Yes, one can use both the varieties of diesel at any point. One can always keep one form of diesel as a backup fuel. Any diesel engine can utilize any of the mentioned diesel models.
Most diesel engines are warranted to run on anywhere between B5 (5% biodiesel) to B20 (20% biodiesel).
Biodiesel helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) because it comes from animal or plant biomass with a lifecycle of a few years. On the other hand, petro diesel is a fossil fuel that releases into the atmosphere carbon that has been tied-up for hundreds of millions of years, and all of it adds to GHGs. Fossil fuels also release more tailpipe emissions than does biodiesel.
The industry contributes to regional economic growth by supporting local agriculture producers and industries by using seed oils and residual fats as its raw material.
Biodiesel-powered engines have been shown to deliver similar torque and horsepower as diesel-powered engines. Biodiesel has a higher cetane rating, which can improve starting and reduce smoke emissions
Biodiesel and diesel fuels burn quite similarly in diesel engines. In fact, biodiesel has some specific advantages, such as better lubricity, reduced engine and fuel pump wear and tear and, quite often, a longer engine life.
In general, the standard storage and handling procedures used for petroleum diesel can be used for biodiesel. The fuel should be stored in a clean, dry and dark environment. Acceptable storage tank materials include aluminum, steel, fluorinated polyethylene, fluorinated polypropylene and teflon. Copper, brass, lead, tin and zinc should be avoided.
Biodiesel can be operated in any diesel engine with little or no modification to the engine or the fuel system. Pure biodiesel (B100) has a solvent effect, which may release deposits accumulated on tank walls and pipes from previous diesel fuel use. With high blends of biodiesel, the release of deposits may clog filters initially and precautions should be taken to replace fuel filters until the petroleum build-up is eliminated. This issue is less prevalent with B20 blends, and there is no evidence that lower-blend levels such as B2 have caused filters to plug.
The use of biodiesel in existing diesel engines does not void parts and materials workmanship warranties of any major engine manufacturer.
Biodiesel is one of the most thoroughly tested alternative fuels in the market. A number of independent studies have been completed with the results showing that biodiesel performs similar to petroleum diesel while benefiting the environment and human health compared to diesel. That research includes studies performed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stanadyne Automotive Corp. (the largest diesel fuel injection equipment manufacturer in the U.S.), Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and Southwest Research Institute. Biodiesel is the first and only alternative fuel to have completed the rigorous Health Effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act. Biodiesel has been proven to perform similarly to diesel in more 50-million successful road miles in virtually all types of diesel engines, countless off-road miles and countless marine hours. Currently more than 300 major fleets use the fuel.
Biodiesel will gel in very cold temperatures, just as common diesel does. Although pure biodiesel has a higher cloud point than diesel fuel, typical blends of 20% biodiesel are managed with the same fuel management techniques as diesel. Blends of 5% biodiesel and less have virtually no impact on cold flow.
Using a 2% blend of biodiesel is estimated to increase the cost of diesel by 2 or 3 cents per gallon, including the fuel, transportation, storage and blending costs. Any increase in cost will be accompanied by an increase in diesel quality since low-blend levels of biodiesel greatly enhance the lubricity of diesel fuel.