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The Top 5 Uses of Biodiesel

As mentioned on our Oil Extraction service page, we installed a dedicated plant for the extraction of oils and fats from organic waste streams back in 2009. We have continued to use this plant for the separation of solids suitable for anaerobic digestion and fats and oils which can then be turned into biodiesel. Comprised of fatty acid esters, this diesel fuel has a variety of uses as highlighted in this blog.

Energy generation

Biodiesel can be injected into fuel cells for the generation of electricity and other forms of energy. It is ideally suited to the production of power in back-up systems, where emissions are essential. Use of such back-up systems allows for the prevention of by-products that would otherwise be released in the form of smog, ozone, and sulphur emissions. A recent report revealed that biofuel is being used to generate power for more than 350,000 homes across the UK.

Transportation

Suitable for use in its pure form (B100) or as a blend, biodiesel is a sustainable alternative to petroleum diesel. This alternative use limits the levels of environmentally damaging fuel consumption, minimising the associated energy costs for companies and consumers. Soybean biodiesel has been found to be particularly effective, with a yield of 4.56 energy units for each unit of fossil energy consumed over its life cycle. Car manufacturers such as Chrysler and Volkswagen have committed to increasing the biodiesel compatibility of their vehicles.

Lubrication

Biodiesel has been found to increase the lubricity and cetane number of fuel. It limits the premature wearing of diesel engines. This is essential when it comes to the effective operation of the engine and the avoidance of premature infection failure.

Heat production

Biodiesel can be mixed with heating oil for the fuelling of domestic and commercial boilers. Various blends can be produced, with those consisting of 5 percent biodiesel being considered equivalent to pure petroleum heating oil. However, many customers use blends with a biodiesel concentration of up to 20%. The use of such heating oil limits the emission of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide.

Cooking

Affordable, clean, and safe, biodiesel can be used as an alternative to kerosene for stoves and non-wick lanterns. Produced in the form of a cooking gel, it doesn’t produce the potentially harmful particles as are released in the heating of kerosene. There’s no risk of explosions when using this pressurised and non-toxic gel. And there’s no chance of your skin being burnt, even if you come into direct contact with the biofuel gel when cooking.

Biodiesel from Bioganix

Customers are just starting to realise the eco-friendly potential of biodiesel. With additional uses such as the charging of electronics, cleaning of oil spills, removal of paint, and substitution of commonly imported oil it’s little wonder that the adoption of this natural product is expected to increase over the coming years. If you’re interested in the wide range of biodiesel benefits then you should give Bioganix a call on 01652 637803 or email info@bioganix.co.uk.

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