What are the benefits of using biodiesel?

Glossary of Terms

* Biodiesel runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine. It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored.

* Biodiesel reduces Carbon Dioxide emissions by up to 100% because it is a renewable fuel.  This is very important because carbon dioxide contributes to 50% of the Greenhouse Effect.

* Biodiesel can be used alone or mixed in any amount with petroleum diesel fuel.

* Biodiesel is more lubricating than diesel fuel, so it increases the life of engines.

* Biodiesel is safe to handle because it is biodegradable and non-toxic. According to Alan Weber of the NAB, "neat biodiesel is as biodegradable as sugar and less toxic than salt."

* Biodiesel has a high flash point, or ignition temperature, of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel which has a flash point of 125 F.  This means it's safer to transport.

* Auto ignition, fuel consumption, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel.  So basically, the engine just runs like normal (except it smells like french fries).

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