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For years, Willie Nelson championed the use of efficient, clean-burning biodiesel, encouraging truckers to fill up at his stations. Before anyone else even talked about it, Willie knew the value of a cleaner-burning, cheaply produced alternative fuel. Now people seem to be catching on. More and more, biodiesel is becoming an attractive option to fleet managers for compliance with tougher emissions reduction standards.
While biodiesel can be used in the same way as traditional diesel, there are a few things to know about this alternative fuel before beginning a conversion process.
Biodiesel presents unique considerations for fleet operators in the northern states. At temperatures at or below freezing, the thickening of biodiesel renders it useless. Have no fear, as the fuel warms it becomes usable again. To remedy this problem, simply use a 20/80 biodiesel to petroleum diesel blend to negate the thickening process of sub-freezing temperatures. Alternately, for using pure biodiesel in these conditions, an anti-coagulating agent can be added.
Biodiesel storage methods are not far removed from traditional diesel storage methods; however, there are some considerations for optimum fuel longevity and purity.
Fleet operators must be concerned with the impact that biodiesel usage could cause to the warranties of their vehicles and parts. Rightfully so. It costs companies money to repair vehicles under warranty. Therefore, any reason to negate the warranty will be evaluated. Fortunately, the United States government is pushing clean energy alternatives and has made biodiesel conversion much safer for the average fleet manager.
Not only does biodiesel produce substantially fewer pollutants than traditional diesel fuel; it actually increases engine life and cleanliness. Biodiesel’s solvency properties clean the interior walls of the entire system.
Biodiesel is a clean-burning fuel produced from animal fat or vegetable oils. The glycerin in these substances is removed leaving behind methyl ester, commonly known as biodiesel.
Any percentage of biodiesel blend fuel may be used in diesel engines, and it significantly improves the overall function of a fleet’s engines, because it has a “scrubbing” action on the internal walls of engines and hoses.
Because it is derived from resources that are readily available in the U.S, biodiesel can significantly reduce a fleet’s reliance on foreign petroleum, which reduces costs as oil prices continue to soar.
Lastly, biodiesel and its blends significantly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions released into the atmosphere. It is also much more efficient than diesel. In fact, the energy it provides is 4.5 times greater than the energy used to produce it.