Beating the High Price of Gasoline
There is a fuel alternative that is all that it has promised to be and more. Biodiesel is
not only cost effective it is environmentally friendly, as well. Biodiesel is completely biodegradable and
made from renewable resources. That means that when you use biodiesel to power the engine of your car you
aren't robbing the earth of the riches meant for your grandchildren to enjoy.
Unlike the previous vegetable oil based fuels that can only be used in modified, specially made combustion-
ignition engines, biodiesel can be used in its basic form to power the everyday diesel engines on the market
today. That means that a simple to make batch of biodiesel could be used to power the family car on its daily
Biodiesel is registered with the EPA as a legal motor fuel meaning that it can be sold and distributed just like
the gasoline you pump into your car at the gas station. Unlike traditional gasoline, biodiesel isn't as
widely available for the average consumer. It can be purchased directly from distributors and manufactures
and it is sold a few select stations around the country. If you are interested in trying biodiesel in your
car, your best chance of finding it is to make it yourself.
The process is surprisingly easy and the ingredients are readily available. By simply mixing lye, alcohol,
and vegetable oil in the right amounts, you can great biodiesel. This economical alternative fuel is made through
the simple chemical process of transesterification. During this process, the glycerin is removed from fat or
vegetable oil. The process naturally leaves behind byproducts, including methyl esters, which is the chemical
name for biodiesel, and glycerin, commonly used in soap production. Biodiesel is completely free of sulfur
and aromatics, something that can't be said about traditional fuels.
Batches of biodiesel can be mixed up in small or large sizes and if done effectively will end up costing about
seventy cents a gallon.
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