Have you heard of biodiesel? It’s been in the market for some years but many do not know what it really is and how it is different from your normal diesel.
Biodiesel is like the name says is a type of diesel fuel. It consists of animal fat and or vegetable oil. These are chemically reacting lipids. It is made by adding a certain type of alcohol plus the animal fat and or vegetable oil. Standard diesel engines can use this fuel. It is said that you can use biodiesel on its own or you can combine it with petro diesel.
The normal diesel on the other hand consists of paraffin and cyclo-paraffin hydrocarbons. The combustion results to residual smoke particles. It also emits dangerous materials like sulfur which contributes in creating acid rains.
The color of biodiesel is golden brown. It has a low vapour pressure and high boiling point. It also has almost zero sulfur.
If you are thinking of you switching to biodiesel, you should change your fuel filters on engines right after you change to biodiesel. It has been discovered that biodiesel breaksdown deposits left behind by normal diesel in fuel lines. This may lead to the clogging of fuel filters.
Another clear difference is that biodiesel reduces smoke emissions.
Biodiesel is already used on trains and aircrafts. In the future, we might see this as the leading type of fuel.
Ramon Fernandez uses biodiesel in his truck. He is also fond of using diesel performance kits.
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