Biodiesel Alternative Fuel Powerpoint.ppt - Wikispaces

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					Matt Reist
           What is Biodiesel?
   Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning
    alternative fuel, produced from domestic,
    renewable resources. Biodiesel contains
    no petroleum, but it can be blended at any
    level with petroleum diesel to create a
    biodiesel blend. It can be used in
    compression-ignition (diesel) engines with
    little or no modifications.
   Biodiesel is made through a chemical process
    called transesterification whereby the glycerin is
    separated from the fat or vegetable oil. The
    process leaves behind two products -- methyl
    esters (the chemical name for biodiesel) and
    glycerin (a valuable byproduct usually sold to be
    used in soaps and other products).
   It is less toxic than table salt and
    biodegrades as fast as sugar. resources
    such as soybeans, its use decreases our
    dependence on foreign oil and contributes
    to our own economy.
   Some examples of what could be used as
    biodiesel are corn, soybean, and even
Comparison between Biodiesel and
 Energy content per gallon: 109,000-
  125,000 Btu
 Main source: Gasoline is made from crude
  oil while biodiesel is made from soybean
  oil, waste cooking oils, yellow grease, any
  vegetable oil
 Environmental impacts of burning fuel:
  Gasoline produces harmful emissions
  while biodiesel reduces pollutant by 50-
 Current price: gasoline is about $3.29 a
  gallon while biodiesel is $1.85 a gallon
   In terms of law and legislation, the nation
    has been passing bills to encourage the
    use of biodiesel, regardless of what the oil
    companies want
   Congress has put in place a number of tax
    incentive programs that positively impact the
    biodiesel industry such as Small Agri-Biodiesel
    Producer Tax Credit and Alternative Fuel
    Refueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
   Biodiesel cost very little to make. In most cases
    you can make top quality biodiesel for US $0.50
    to US $0.90 per gallon, all manufacturing costs
    factored in.
   The only real special need that biodiesel
    still needs is that more biodiesel pumps
    are needed.

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