November 22, 2005

Biodiesel Q & A

A Tampa company has lofty plans to continue importing the alternative fuel from Ecuador to sell for use in diesel engines.


What is biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a renewable diesel replacement fuel that is manufactured from plant oils and animal fats, such as soybean oil and recycled cooking oils. To manufacture biodiesel, these fats and oils are chemically removed to produce biodiesel and a glycerin coproduct. Biodiesel can be used pure (B100 or "neat" biodiesel) or in any concentration with petroleum-based diesel fuel to create a biodiesel blend.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's odd; the article on Canada's readiness is all about bio-diesel derived from soybeans, but the picture shows a field full of mustard or rapeseed in flower.

- oddjob

aikane said...

I guess the rape flowers make a better picture than soybeans. :-) I'm not sure which is used more in Canada, but I know rape seed is used to produce biodiesel. And the fields are beautiful -- another reason to go green (or yellow). :-)