Biodiesel as an Eco-friendly Source of Fuel in the Future

Biodiesel is mainly made from a varied mix of feedstocks that include soybean oil, recycled cooking oil, and animal fats.

Biodiesel as an Eco-friendly Source of Fuel in the Future

Biodiesel is locally produced in many countries. Biodiesel is mainly made from a varied mix of feedstocks that include soybean oil, recycled cooking oil, and animal fats. The fuel has many benefits because it improves air quality, increases energy security, and it also enhances the safety of the people. Biodiesel helps in reducing the risks of global warming by decreasing the carbon emissions in the atmosphere. The biofuel is also helpful in thermal oil heating system where it is used in tank heating, suction heating, reactor and vessel heating, natural gas heating, jacketed vessel heating, in line gas heating, and crude oil heating among many other applications.

Biodiesel is used in the usual diesel engines substituting the traditional petroleum diesel. Poly diesel fuel tanks are manufactured to provide fuel in prime conditions because they are resistant to gasoline and diesel fuel. Biodiesel can be pumped, stored, and even burned like petroleum diesel fuel. It can be utilized it its pure form or when blended with petroleum diesel fuel.

As described in Biodiesel Benefits and Considerations by The U.S. Department of Energy, the use of biodiesel reduces the greenhouse gas emission because the carbon dioxide that is produced during burning is balanced by the carbon dioxide that is absorbed while cultivating the crops used in the manufacture of the biodiesel. The vehicle engines that rely on biodiesel are clean on the road compared to those that use petroleum products. During the production of the biodiesel, once the glycerin has been removed, the fuel can be used as fuel for heating in diesel engines or oil burners.

Biodiesel is safe during handling, storing, and when transporting. It is safer than petroleum because it is less combustible. In case of spillage, biodiesel causes far less harm when compared to petroleum fuel. Bunded diesel fuel tanks are used for the storage of fuel safely and efficiently.

Biodiesel fuel boosts the lubricity of the engine. When various parts of the engine are properly lubricated, they do not wear and tear easily. Lubricity is the degree in which fuel provides proper lubrication to the engine. Biodiesel provides excellent lubricity to the fuel injection system. By blending biodiesel with little amounts of low-sulfur diesel, it can significantly improve the lubricity and extend the life of a fuel injection system.

It is worthwhile that before using the biodiesel first to check the warranty. The scrutiny of the warrant is done to ensure that the engine will not be affected by the utilization of biodiesel as a fuel alternative. Some engines that previously used petroleum diesel have been known to experience solvency effect when they are exposed to the high-level biodiesel blends.

Because it is derived from vegetable oils, biodiesel fuel is non-toxic. Research has shown that table salt is more toxic than biodiesel. In water and soil, biodiesel is known to degrade at a faster rate when compared to regular diesel fuel. The carbon composition of the fuel is converted by living organisms. In water, biodiesel is less toxic to species of aquatic life.

Sarah Smith

Topics: Energy efficiency & low-carbon
Tags: air quality | gas | Natural gas | water
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