Biodiesel use in Trucks

The buzz on biodiesel.

The type of fuel that seems to be a favourite topic of conversation is biodiesel. Now that the price of traditional diesel has exploded to new heights, it’s only natural that this alternative is getting some serious consideration. Its importance has spurred scientists, entrepreneurs and others to pour thousands of dollars into its research.

The source of bio-diesel has been shrouded under a blanket of mystery.There are many conflicting opinions. But here’s the straight stuff, right from the National Biodiesel Board, a manufacturers’ association:

What is Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in diesel engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and if free of sulfur and aromatics.

Is Biodiesel the same as raw vegetable oil?
Biodiesel is produced when oil, usually waste from a restaurant or other source such as soybean oil, or any fat, passed through a refinery process called transesterification.This process creates two chemicals, diesel fuel and glycerin.

The fuel must meet an industry specification.This means that the oil must contain ASTM D6751 in order to insure proper performance, and must be “biodegradable, nontoxic and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics,” the Biodiesel Board said. Biodiesel can be used as a pure fuel or blended with petroleum in any percentage. B20 ( a blend of 20% of biodiesel with 80% of petroleum diesel) has demonstrated significant environmental benefits with a minimum increase in cost for fleet operations.

Biodiesel can help mitigate "Global Warming":
Biodiesel reduces net Carbon-di-oxide (CO2) emissions by 78% compared to petroleum diesel. The CO2 released into the atmosphere when biodiesel is burned is recycled by growing plants, which are later processed into fuel. Scientific research confirms that biodiesel exhaust has a less harmful impact on human health than petroleum diesel fuel.

Bio-diesel has been backed by Several companies across the country .Many pilot projects have been started to produce biodiesel, and it’s already available in some places.

Is bio-diesel a fuel alternative for your truck?
The answer is YES!. 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 precautions should be taken. Ensure that only fuel meeting the biodiesel specification is used. However,there are the constrains of limited fuel stations delivering them. At the present time,not many stations carry biodiesel or blends yet, but more plants and more fueling locations are popping up all the time. Click here to find a Biodiesel fueling site

Bio-diesel may be brushed aside for being a technology of the past.Its key role in helping the United States overcome the energy crunch,is however undeniable.