Facts about Biodiesel


  Usually derived from vegetable oils, biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification which essentially splits the oil into two parts: methyl esters and glycerine; the esters are the fuel, while the leftover glycerine is often used to make soap and other beauty products. Both virgin and waste oil (often collected from restaurants) can be used in this process with equally good results. The fuel can be produced domestically, from seed to pump, and is non-toxic and biodegradable. (Reference 1)

Check out the video below to learn about the process of transesterification of vegetable oil.


1.   Biodiesel is a biodegradable, meaning it's made from already         used things.

2.  Biodiesel is better for the environment.

3.  Biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide emissions.

4.  Biodiesel is safe.  As an oral toxin, biodiesel is ten times less toxic than table salt.  One hundred percent biodiesel biodegrades four times faster than regular petroleum diesel

5.  There are no wasted or dangerous byproducts resulting from the production of biodiesel. All of the end products can be easily sold or reused to produce more biodiesel.

(Reference 2)


 In the long term, renewable energy experts differ on the upper limit of biodiesel’s possibilities as an industry, should biodiesel become wildly successful, adopted as America’s primary choice for fuel.  Others argue that even if such land-use was a possibility, the resulting agricultural shift toward fuel farming would trigger unintended consequences, such as spikes in the price of food crops. For example, in Europe, demand for biodiesel has triggered increasing imports of Indonesian palm oil, which in turn has accelerated massive deforestation in Indonesia, as farmers clear forests for palm plantations.

(Reference 3)

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