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Advantages of Biodiesel
Biodiesel runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine. It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored.
Biodiesel reduces Carbon Dioxide emission 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 bio degradable as sugar and less toxic that 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 its safer to transport.
Pure bio-diesel is biodegradable, nontoxic and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
Bio-diesel cuts down on targeted emissions. Bio-diesel used in 20 percent blend with petroleum diesel and a catalytic converter will cut air pollution. Particulate matter is reduced 31 percent, Carbon monoxide by 21 percent and total hydrocarbons by 47 percent. Bio-diesel used in a blend will also reduce sulfur emissions and aromatics. Using 100% bio-diesel further reduces emissions and carcinogenic compounds.
Since bio-diesel is oxygenated, diesel engines have more complete combustion than when using petroleum fuel.
Biodiesel is a much better lubricant than conventional diesel fuel and extends engine life ( German truck won an entry in the Guinnes Book of Records by traveling more than 1.25 million km (780,000 miles) on biodiesel with its original engine)