Many people believe that Biodiesel is the fuel of the future. It is broadly known as Biofuel. Biodiesel does not contain petroleum, but petroleum can be mixed to produce a biodiesel blend that can be used in various vehicles. Pure biodiesel fuel, though, can only be used in diesel engines. Biodiesel is biodegradable and non-toxic, making it so safe that it is even safer than the commonly used table salt!
Biodiesel is not like vegetable oil alternative fuels. Biodiesel can be used in its unaltered form in diesel engines. Vegetable oil fuels must be modified and used only in combustion- ignition engines. This makes biodiesel one of the easiest alternative fuels to use. In fact, it is a great option for use on farms in farm equipment.
Unlike other fuels
Biodiesel fuel is made through a process called transesterfication. This process involves removing the glycerin from the vegetable oil or fat. During the process byproducts are left behind, including methyl esters and glycerin. Biodiesel is free from such substances as sulfur and aromatics which are found in traditional fuels.
The unique qualities of biodiesel make it unlike other alternative fuels. It has passed all the health effects testing requirements, unlike other alternative fuels. This means it meets the standards of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has legally allowed Biodiesel to be sold and commercially distributed. The rest of the alternative fuels cannot be sold commercially as motor fuel because they do not meet the EPA’s fuel specifications.