Biodiesel

Biodiesel

Biodiesel is a renewable, non-toxic fuel that can directly replace conventional petroleum diesel, resulting in substantial reductions in tailpipe emissions. The term 'biodiesel' refers to the methyl (or ethyl) ester of fatty acids obtained by a process of esterification of new and used fats or oils. Through the chemical process of transesterification, the triglycerides in the fat or oil are converted to the methyl esters from the fatty acids.

Biodiesel also finds use as a lubricity agent in low and ultra-low sulphur diesel fuels where the addition of as little as 2% biodiesel to petroleum diesel significantly improves the lubricity of the fuel.

Globally, the production and use of biodiesel has been well received, particularly in environmentally sensitive areas such as the forestry and fishing industries where the biodegradable characteristics of biodiesel are an attractive alternative. Biodiesel has also proven to be the fuel of choice for heavy equipment users in built up areas, renewable power generation and public transport.

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