Biodiesel has been billed as America’s first renewable advanced biofuel. It is biodegradable as well as renewable!  It also burns cleaner than hydrocarbon diesel – that’s good news for those of us who hate the smell of hydrocarbon diesel!

In 2011, the U.S. produced 1.07 billion gallons of biodiesel.

What particularly interests people like me is that waste oils and greases can be used to generate biodiesel!

Used oils and greases generally cost less than virgin feedstocks. Lower feedstock prices are extremely important to the biodiesel industry, where feedstock prices typically comprise some 75 to 80% of total production costs.

Research and development of technologies continues to foster generation of biodiesel from diverse sources of waste oils and greases such as agricultural wastes, restaurant and food processing wastes.

As US EPA Region 9 reports:

“Although both virgin oils and used cooking oils are used to make biodiesel, used cooking oil diverts waste from landfills and sewer pipes and converts it into an energy source. In metropolitan areas where restaurants, cafés, and cafeterias are abundant, waste cooking oil can be harvested from restaurants as an “urban crop” instead of using virgin soybean oil.

How much waste cooking oil is out there?

Large amounts! Hotels and restaurants in the United States generate 3 billion gallons of waste cooking oil per year. This amount could fill tanker trucks arranged bumper-to-bumper from San Francisco to Washington D.C. and back!”

Any diesel vehicle can be run on biodiesel!

This is a vast potential energy source, and developing this alternate energy source will help us all get rid of waste oil and grease problems, as well! That’s a win-win situation!

For more information, you might visit the website at:

http://www.epa.gov/region9/waste/biodiesel/questions.html#whyuse

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