Biodiesel

Biodiesel field Biodiesel is made in a process called transesterification, which uses either vegetable oils or animal fats and methanol or ethanol. It can be used in most Diesel engine cars, but it may be worth checking with the manufacturer first.

The process to make it can be done on large scale by companies, which will have fuel stations in the UK where you can purchase the fuel direct. It is also possible to produce home made biodiesel. There are several companies which sell biodiesel processor equipment, which will allow you to produce and fill your car at home.

You can build a biodiesel processor for your own use at home; further details will be added to this site at a later stage.

The law allows you to make 2500 litres per year for you own personal use.

Why use biodiesel?

  • Lower Carbon Dioxide emissions from your car.
  • It is cheaper than diesel on the petrol fore courts.
  • Biodiesel is a renewable fuel, which is grown to use as a fuel
  • Improves the lubrication of components in the engine and your car may run more smoothly.
  • Storage of the fuel can be done at home, so no more trips to the petrol station to fill your car.

Disadvantages of biodiesel

There are a few disadvantages of use bio fuels in your car including:

  • During cold weather it may be difficult to start the car, mixing it with diesel or an additive will improve this.
  • Your car may need a conversion and rubber pipes may have to be replaced with plastic ones
  • There is already a problem with deforestation, where land is cleared and used for crops for producing Bio fuels.

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