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What is Biodiesel

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel that can be used to operate vehicles with diesel engines. It is much better for the environment that petroleum diesel because it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and nearly free of sulfur and aromatics. Using biodiesel also prevents dependence on foreign sources of oil. Biodiesel is made from regular cooking oils (such as vegetable oil and the like) that undergo a process called “transesterification.” During transesterification glycerin is separated from the fat to produce two products: methyl esters and glycerin.

Biodiesel kits

Biodiesel can be mixed with petroleum diesel in any percentage, from 1 to 99, which is represented by a number following a B. For example, B5 is 5 percent biodiesel with 95 percent petroleum, B20 is 20 percent biodiesel with 80 percent petroleum, or B100 is 100 percent biodiesel, no petroleum.

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