Biodiesel Fact Sheets
Biodiesel: Fueling Sustainability
“Biodiesel has several positive impacts on the food supply. For instance, biodiesel uses only the oil portion of the soybean, leaving the protein intact to nourish livestock and people. By increasing yield without increasing crop acres, we are growing more fuel and food from the same land.”
— Jim Duffield, USDA Agricultural Economist
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Biodiesel Sustainability Booklet
Biodiesel, a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement reduces U.S. dependence on imported petroleum, creates green jobs, and improves our environment. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources including vegetable oils, recycled cooking oil, and animal fats, US biodiesel puts excess oils and fats to good use.
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Generate Some Positive Energy with Biodiesel
Here are some fun ideas for parents who would like to extend their children’s learning experience at home! We’ve developed some educational resources and STEM activities to help kids expand their understanding of energy, sustainability, and renewable biodiesel.
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Biodiesel Myths Busted
Biodiesel is America’s Advanced Biofuel. It is a drop-in diesel alternative, made from domestic, renewable resources such as plant oils, animal fats, used cooking oil, and even new sources such as algae. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but can be blended with petroleum diesel. Biodiesel blends can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel cuts carbon significantly, and is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
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Biodiesel Success Stories
What modestly began as a patent application in 1937 Belgium by Georges Chavanne for a “Procedure for the transformation of vegetable oils for their uses as fuels” using a process now called transesterification, has since become a multi-billion industry that touches so many aspects of American life.
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Top 10 Reasons to Use Biodiesel
#10: The biodiesel industry has an excellent fuel quality program called BQ-9000 (www.bq-9000.org). BQ-9000 Certified Biodiesel Producers, Marketers, Retailers, and Laboratories help ensure that only the highest quality biodiesel meeting ASTM specifications gets put into your fuel tanks.
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