The Early Stages of Biodiesel

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Biofuel is a fuel that contains energy from geologically recent carbon fixation, which is made by living organisms. Carbon fixation, most commonly occurs in plants and microalgae. This fuel can be converted into liquid, solid and gas form. Biofuel is consider healthy for the environment, clean burning, meaning that the carbon dioxide released when burning it is balanced by the carbon dioxide absorbed by the plants that are grown to produce it. Biofuel has many uses, one being for transportation, this fuel is known as biodiesel. Biodiesel is made up of recycled cooking oil, soybean oil, vegetable oils and other fats. Not all the oils and fats are used for fuel, there put through a chemical process called trans esterification which splits the oils into two parts, alkyl esters and glycerin. The esters are used for fuel but the glycerin is used for other things such as soaps and make ups. Biodiesel can be easily used in any diesel engine without needing to do any modifications. It typically produces sixty percent less carbon dioxide emission the petroleum making it a lot more environmentally friendly, plus who doesn’t enjoy the smell of french fries while driving down the road. The Early Stages of Biodiesel Although biodiesel may seem relatively new, with less than a decade of commercial scale production across the United States, the concept of biodiesel is shockingly old. The inventors’ name was Rudolf Diesel; he envisioned vegetable oil becoming a fuel source for his engine.
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