About Biodiesel

Biodiesel is America’s first commercially produced advanced biofuel and it is growing and diversifying our transportation energy portfolio.  As of January 2015, biodiesel producers have delivered more than a billion gallons of advanced biofuel three years running.  America’s advanced biofuel is available now!

Here are some other key advantages of biodiesel:

Performance

  • Biodiesel has a proven track record – in terms of horsepower, fuel economy and torque, biodiesel is comparable to diesel.
  • Increases the lubricity of the fuel, which leads to longer engine life, lower maintenance costs, less
    equipment downtime and protection against fuel injector failure
  • Has superior detergent characteristics, using biodiesel can initially reduce particulate, gum and varnishbuildup in engine parts that lead to clogged filters—cleaning or replacing filters regularly upon switching to biodiesel eliminates any potential problems
  • Continued use of biodiesel keeps fuel lines clear
  • Community Fuels’ biodiesel is tested and proven to perform well in cold weather applications.  More information available at: Is your biodiesel ready for winter weather?
  • With the lower sulfur emissions standards (ULSD) initiated in September of 2006, biodiesel is even more attractive as an additive—adding even two percent biodiesel to low sulfur diesel restores lubricity

Compatibility

  • Biodiesel blended with petroleum diesel in percentages of 5% or less meets the standard petroleum dieselfuel specification (D975)—this means a B5 (5% biodiesel and 95% petroleum diesel) is suitable for all diesel applications
  • Fleets can keep their spare part inventories, current vehicles, and fueling infrastructures—no additional parts are needed when biodiesel is used
  • More and more original equipment manufacturers (OEM) are approving higher blend levels for biodiesel; check with your OEM to see if they approve higher biodiesel blends, such as B20 (20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel)

Sustainability

  • Biodiesel is a clean-burning fuel; relative to petroleum diesel fuel, biodiesel produces 50 to 100 percent less emissions of key pollutants (nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, fine particulate matter,
    polyaromatic hydrocarbons, etc.) linked to asthma, cancer, smog formation, and other public
    health problems
  • Even when all of the energy inputs over the entire biodiesel production life cycle are taken into account (energy associated with farming machinery, fertilizer production, chemical conversion of oils and fats to biodiesel, transportation, etc.), biodiesel use results in a 78% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions relative to petroleum diesel
  • Biodiesel may be produced from a wide range of fats and oils, including soybean oil, which recent studies show that the energy balance of biodiesel produced from soybean oil is higher than ever
  • Using a lifecycle analysis, for every one unit of energy used to produce soy-based biodiesel, 5.54 units of energy are created and according to the National Biodiesel Board, “no other fuel available in the U.S. come close to such a high energy balance”.
  • As the industry continues to make energy efficiency gains, even higher energy ratios are anticipated.
  • Biodiesel is nontoxic, biodegradable, and has a higher flash point than diesel, making it one of the safest fuels available

Economic

A recent economic study released by the national Biodiesel Board (NBB) reported that by 2015 the U.S.
biodiesel industry is forecasted to:

  • Support more than 74,000 jobs
  • Create $4 billion in household income
  • And contribute substantially to local, state and federal tax revenue

A healthy and thriving biodiesel industry is good for America. Biodiesel improves our environment,
diversifies our energy sources and creates jobs in nearly every state of the Country.

Community Fuels is proud to be a part of this growing industry. We are creating good jobs and every gallon
of fuel purchased from Community Fuels stimulates the local economy, reduces our reliance on imported
oil and helps clean the air.

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