As Biodiesel Becomes Popular, Users Weigh Its Benefits

Hampton, Tudor; Armistead, Thomas F.; McGourty, Carrie
February 2006
ENR: Engineering News-Record;2/27/2006, Vol. 256 Issue 8, p28
Trade Publication
The article informs that the use of biodiesel has grown considerably in the last year. Consumers bought 75 million gallons of biodiesel in 2005, an increase of 300% over the previous year. Produced from soybean oil, waste vegetable oil and other biolipids such as animal fat, pure biodiesel, called "B100," can be used in any diesel engine. The environmental benefits of biodiesel typically outweigh petrodiesel, as biodiesel reduces carbon monoxide emissions by 50% and carbon dioxide by 78%. Though equipment fleet owners all over the state have complained about biodiesel's maintenance effects, yet producers and advocates remain optimistic.


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