7 Things you need to know about Biodiesel
Biodiesel is a cleaner, greener and more sustainable source of energy
Biodiesel is a renewable source of energy that is made using vegetable or animal fat based compounds. Biodiesel is a cleaner, greener and more sustainable source of energy that serves to reduce our dependence on dwindling nonrenewable energy resources such as petroleum and other fossil fuels.
#1 Transport for London’s bus fleet uses B20 blend. By doing so, they save 65,000 tonnes of CO2 per year which is equivalent to reducing 30,000 cars from the road.
#2 B20 blend allows fuel flexibility as it requires no modifications to existing machinery. Therefore, a switch back to normal diesel can be made when necessary with no additional cost or adjustment.
#3 Biodiesel is the only form of alternative fuel that has cleared the Health Effects Testing requirements of the Clean Air Act in the US.
#4 In commercial application, biodiesel is often blended in different ratios with traditional petroleum derived fuel. For instance, a 20% blend is written as B20 and similarly 5% as B5.
#5 August 10th is marked as ‘International Biodiesel Day.’ It is in remembrance of Rudolf Diesel who in 1893 used peanut oil for the first time to run an iron cylinder.
#6 London Borough of Hackney runs on B100, that is, 100% biodiesel. In 2014, this saved London 65000 tones of CO2 emissions which is equivalent to reducing 30,000 cars from London roads.
#7 Historically, although interest in biodiesel increased when petroleum fuel supplies were at risk or interrupted (example: WWI and WWII, oil embargo in 1970s), the first biodiesel manufacturing plant was only set up in 1985 in Austria.