What Is Biodiesel?
Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation's first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel.
The Most Diverse Fuel on the Planet
It's true. Biodiesel is the most diverse fuel on the planet. It's made from a broad range of feedstocks including soybean oil, animal fats and used cooking oil. Biodiesel's ability to find new uses for fats and oils makes it an ideal advanced biofuel, reducing emissions by more than 50 percent compared to petroleum. It also drives new feedstock research and development. Next-generation feedstocks, like camelina and pennycress, could help meet our nation's energy demands in the future.
Job Creator, Economy Driver
Biodiesel supports 60,000 American jobs. In fact, for every 100 million gallons of biodiesel that is produced – the industry creates 3,200 jobs. So, as biodiesel grows – so does its job-creating ability.
Biodiesel production impacts more than just the biodiesel industry. As diverse as its feedstocks, so are the sectors impacted economically. Biodiesel drives economic benefits for manufacturing, service, transportation and agriculture, to name a few. After more than 25 years, biodiesel has grown to adding more than $12 billion to the US economy.
New land is not required for biodiesel production. Instead, this advanced biofuel uses readily available, diverse resources. And, that's not all. Biodiesel has several environmental benefits when compared to petroleum-based diesel fuel:
- Reduces lifecycle greenhouse gases by 86 percent
- Lowers particulate matter by 47 percent, reduces smog and makes our air healthier to breathe
- Reduces hydrocarbon emissions by 67 percent
- For every unit of fossil energy it takes to produce biodiesel, 3.5 units of renewable energy are returned, the best of any U.S. fuel
Simple Solution with Proven Performance
Biodiesel is a simple solution for users. It fits seamlessly with today's diesel infrastructure. In other words, it fits in existing vehicles and technologies. Typically blended with petroleum diesel at some level, biodiesel blends provide performance characteristics similar to diesel in fuel economy, horsepower and torque while improving cetane and lubricity, which can extend engine life.