About Biodiesel

Biodiesel is a biodegradable and non-toxic alternative fuel produced from new or used vegetable oil that is produced from renewable resources. It can be used in any diesel engine without modification.

Pure biodiesel has the highest energy content of any alternative fuel. It also has the highest energy balance of any fuel. For every unit of fossil energy needed to produce biodiesel, more than 3 units of energy are gained (1 to 3). For gasoline and diesel, the equivalent yield is 1 to 0.5.

Biodiesel is made from plant oils and animal fat, raw materials that are sustainable and readily available. It is an excellent alternative to diesel when you consider that it would take millions of years to replenish the Earth’s supplies of fossil fuels. Moreover, the carbon dioxide taken up by plants during photosynthesis helps to mitigate the carbon dioxide emitted during the burning of biodiesel. The result is a carbon neutral, environmentally friendly fuel.

Compared to diesel fuel, biodiesel emissions are substantially better for the environment and, in turn, better for human health. Specifically, the emissions of particulate matter, carbon monoxide and total unburned hydrocarbons from biodiesel are much less than those from petroleum diesel. Sulfur is commonly added to diesel fuel to increase its lubricity. Once burned, sulfur dioxide is emitted and acid rain results. Biodiesel, needs no such additives due to its lubricating nature, and actually has a beneficial effect on engine parts.

Biodiesel can be mixed with petroleum diesel in any proportion. This makes it a truly drop-in ready fuel.

There are many operating benefits for the user. As mentioned already, biodiesel provides significantly higher lubricity for the engine and has been shown to reduce engine maintenance. Additionally, the flash point of biodiesel is more than 300F and therefore it is safer to handle and store than any petroleum based fuels.

With a large and well-established tourism and hospitality sector, Antigua is no stranger to the use of cooking oils, and the resultant need for waste disposal. Biodiesel manufacturing solves the problem of waste disposal by recycling this waste oil to produce a fuel that has many environmentally friendly properties. Using biodiesel decreases our dependence on foreign oil and helps build energy security. As the industry develops, there will also be a positive impact on employment with the creation of technical and non-technical employment opportunities.