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  • 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 compression ignition(diesel) engines with no major modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
  • Biodiesel is defined as the mono alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from renewable liquid feedstocks, such as vegetable oils and animal fats for use in diesel engines. 


  • Biodiesel fuel is made by the transesterfication of soy or rapeseed triacyglycerides with methanol in the presence of a strong base catalyst such as sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, or sodium methoxide.
  • 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, dark environment. 
  • Acceptable storage tank materials include aluminum, steel, fluorinated polyethylene, fluorinated polypropylene and teflon. Copper, brass, lead, tin, and zinc should be avoided.


  • Total world production of biodiesel in 2004 was more than 2 billion litres with Germany accounting for more than 80% of the total market. Growth rates in this Member state have been outstanding. 
  • Pure biodiesel (B100) in Germany enjoys a 100% fuel-tax exemption, and is sold in over 1,500 fuelling stations.
  • In contrast, a 3,000-gallon tanker shipment adds only a shipping cost of $1.10 per gallon, but many individuals and businesses are not equipped to make such large purchases.


  • Biodiesel is available anywhere in the U.S. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) maintains a list of registered fuel suppliers as well as petroleum distributors and retail fueling sites. 
  • One of the largest factors inhibiting the widespread use of biodiesel has been its high price relative to petro-diesel.
  • Currently, World Energy, the United States’ largest distributor of biodiesel, holding about 75% of the market, adds a $90 shipping fee to each 55-gallon shipment, which means adding $1.63 per gallon additional charge

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