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Biodiesel Vs Diesel, What Is Better For Our Future?

Updated: Aug 23, 2022


The world is facing a serious climate change problem, and there are many companies that are looking for solutions to help reduce the amount of fuel used in everyday life. One of these solutions is biodiesel, which is made from plant oils like palm oil or rapeseed oil. It's an alternative fuel that can be used as a direct replacement for petroleum-based diesel and has been proven to reduce emissions by up to 80% per kilometer driven when compared with conventional diesel engines. To understand why this makes biodiesel so important for our future, let's compare it against conventional diesel:

  • Why is Biodiesel better than Diesel?*

  • Biodiesel contains less sulphur than conventional diesel

  • It burns cleaner (less carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons)

  • It produces fewer particulate matter emissions (PM10) than traditional diesel does



Diesel and biodiesel are almost identical.


You might be asking yourself, "What is biodiesel? What's the difference between diesel and biodiesel?" Biodiesel is made from vegetable oils such as soybean oil, canola oil and corn oil. It can be used in any diesel engine without modification. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel source that's less polluting than conventional fossil fuels like gasoline or oil. It's better for the environment because it doesn't produce black sooty exhaust or greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide when it burns—and what little does emit evaporates quickly into the atmosphere rather than lingering for years on end like CO2 does.

Biodiesel also improves efficiency: A typical diesel engine will get about 50% more miles to the gallon when running on biodiesel instead of regular diesel fuel!


Biodiesel is made from animal fats and vegetable oils.


Biodiesel is made from animal fats and vegetable oils. While it’s true that biodiesel can be produced from any organic matter, the most common sources are soybean oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, animal fat and recycled cooking oil.

Biodiesel may seem like a greener alternative to petroleum-based diesel because it's made from renewable resources—but there are some environmental downsides to consider as well.


Biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine, but diesel engines have to be modified to run on 100% biodiesel.


Bi

odiesel can be used in any diesel engine, but diesel engines have to be modified to run on 100% biodiesel. This is the main thing that will prevent most people from using it. For example, if you have a car that runs on 10% biodiesel and 90% gasoline, you'll need to modify your engine so it can run off 100% biodiesel. The same goes for trucks and other vehicles: they'll need an upgrade before they're able to start burning only biofuel (and of course this means paying more than usual).

Biodiesel has its fair share of benefits: it's renewable and produces less harmful emissions when compared with regular diesel fuel (which isn't exactly clean itself). It also burns cleaner than gasoline or natural gas—as long as there aren't any particulate matter in the air (like dust or dirt), then everything should work fine! However, since these kinds of particles are common in cities where cars are constantly driving around them all day long - this could become problematic over time because we don't yet know what effects these pollutants have on human health."




There may also be economic benefits for switching to biodiesel. A report from the US Department of Agriculture suggests that if all US farms produced oilseed crops for biodiesel production, the nation's overall energy bill could actually decrease by $4 billion annually!


It may also be economically beneficial for farmers to switch to biodiesel. A report from the US Department of Agriculture suggests that if all US farms produced oilseed crops for biodiesel production, the nation's overall energy bill could actually decrease by $4 billion annually!

There are many reasons why switching to biodiesel is a good idea. Biodiesel is easy to make, and it can be made from animal fats and vegetable oils as well as waste cooking grease. The end product has virtually no sulphur or nitrous oxides, so there are no harmful emissions when you burn it in your car engine. Biodiesel burns cleaner than traditional diesel fuel as well—and since it's made from renewable resources such as soybeans or canola oil, using this type of fuel source will help reduce our dependence on petroleum-based fuels like gasoline or propane gas over time (as long as demand continues growing).


Biodiesel is a good option for future fuel source


Biodiesel is a good option for future fuel source. Unlike traditional diesel, biodiesel is sustainable and good for the environment. Biodiesel can be used as an alternative to petroleum-based fuels such as diesel, methanol, and RME. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in comparison with fossil fuels, it is also biodegradable due to its chemical composition (70%-80%).

This means that after use in vehicles or other machinery, it does not leave behind any harmful residue like sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) or particulate matter from exhaust pipes which are responsible for causing acid rain and smog formation.


Most of the diesel fuel at the pumps consists of crude oil diesel, but up to 20% is recycled oil depending on the climate it's being sold in. Recycled fuel freezes easier, meaning it’s not as viable to use in freezing climates.


Recycled diesel does, however, provide advantages over crude diesel. It acts as a natural lubricant which cleans out sediment from components and extends motor life. As well, it supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for Climate Change and Energy Security initiative since it eliminates the waste of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) and produces 80% less greenhouse gas emissions than crude oil diesel in its lifecycle.



Sustainable Origins provides 100% of the oil it collects to produce biodiesel in collaboration with BlueRidge Biofuels. We want to eliminate as much waste as we can and in turn reduce carbon emissions from crude oil diesel. We are doing our part for the environment and you can too - if you would like to donate the proceeds from your collected oil to a charity of your choice we will match it. The answer is not as simple as you might think. There are a lot of factors to consider, which means there is no one-size fits all solution. The most important thing is that we make informed decisions based on facts and research so that we can make the best choices possible at this crucial time in our world’s history.

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