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Biodiesel is a clean-burning diesel fuel additive produced from soybean and other vegetable oils instead of petroleum.

Biodiesel is marketed in California for use in marine compression ignition (diesel) engines to enhance engine combustion performance, improve engine lubrication, and reduce air and water pollution caused by the exhaust. Biodiesel blends operate in diesel engines, from light to heavy-duty, just like petroleum diesel fuel. No engine conversions are required at all, unless an engine has old fuel lines.

Biodiesel is a clean burning, biodegradable, non toxic fuel that is used in compression ignition (diesel) engines. Biodiesel is a Non petroleum based diesel fuel, it is not made with fossil fuels like Oil or Coal. Biodiesel is made by the transestherification of vegetable oil or animal fat and it can be blended in any proportion with conventional petroleum diesel fuel or used alone in any compression ignition (diesel) engine without having to make any modifications to the engine

Biodiesel a fuel composed of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats.
FAME = Fatty Acid Methyl Ester FAME is not Biodiesel unless it meets the relevant standards

The official definition of what biodiesel is, according to statute and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) is as follows: Biodiesel is defined as mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats which conform to ASTM D6751 specifications for use in diesel engines. Biodiesel refers to the pure fuel before blending with diesel fuel. Biodiesel blends are denoted as, BXX with XX representing the percentage of biodiesel contained in the blend. (ie: B20 is 20% Biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel)"

How is biodiesel made? Biodiesel fuel is made from oils or fats, which are both hydrocarbons, most commonly soybean oil. These hydrocarbons are filtered, then mixed with an alcohol, which is usually methanol, and a catalyst (sodium or potassium hydroxide). The major products of this reaction are the biodiesel fuel, which is an ester, and glycerol, which has commercial uses, such as in cosmetics.

10 Safety Tips while working with Methanol? Methanol as we all know is a poisonous substance that can in the worst cases even cause death and even in small doses result in serious ailments. One thing that we should understand is that any poisonous substance can be handled safely if we maintain some safety code. Here are 10 important things that you should observe when using methanol.

Methanol should be handled only in a heavily ventilated area. It can be an enclosed area but it should be cross ventilated with exhaust fans has a CFM rating of more than 1500 The containers contain methanol should be 100% leak proof if leak is suspected change container immediately The containers containing methanol should be kept in well ventilated areas at all time. This is to avoid dangers of inflaming and concentrated inhaling in case of leakage. The area where methanol is stored should be fitted with Industry grade non spark and low heat electrical equipment.

Clear sings indicating no smoking and other enforcement tools like smoke detectors etc should be installed near methanol storage. Even home brewers should follow this because many people might come to see your home brewing equipment and so the danger level is high. Use gloves , masks , aprons etc while handling methanol as studies have shown that methanol can be assimilated into the blood stream through ones skin. Finally buy as little methanol as possible, this might not be economicall but this is the safest solution. As accidents can happen however careful you are.

Have fire extinguishers in handy locations, if budget allows install a fire detection and auto extinguisher, in case of a fire when you are not around. These are relatively expensive but if you look around you could get something that fits your budget. The containers should be clearly marked as to be containing methanol, as accidental intake can cause even death. so keep in distinguishable containers. Preferably coloured ones so that they cant be mistaken for water. Methanol vapour is equally dangerous, so as soon as the required methanol is taken close and keep back the methanol bottle to storage area.

Biodiesel is Environmentally Friendly. Biodiesel has Economic Advantages. No Engine Modifications Necessary. Biodiesel can be Made at Home. Biodiesel can be Made from Waste Products. Biodiesel Byproducts. Biodiesel prolongs Engine Life.

Biodiesel Gels in Cold Weather. Biodiesel Grows Mold. Biodiesel Fuel versus Food. Biodiesel has Higher NOx Emissions. Biodiesel decreases Horsepower. Biodiesel degrades the rubber in your Engine.

Biodiesel Gels in Cold Weather. Biodiesel grows Mold. Biodiesel Fuel versus Food. Biodiesel has higher NO x emissions. Biodiesel decreases Horsepower. Biodiesel degrades the rubber in your Engine.

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