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Biodiesel and the Environment

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Biodiesel Burns Significantly Cleaner than Diesel

Haase maize anaerobic digesterBiodiesel is renewable, nontoxic, and biodegradable. Compared to diesel, biodiesel burns significantly cleaner. It produces fewer air pollutants like particulates, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and air toxics. However, it does slightly increase emissions of nitrogen oxides.

A Fuel That Smells Like French Fries

Biodiesel produces less black smoke than regular diesel, and it smells better, too. Sometimes biodiesel exhaust smells like french fries!

A Fuel With No Sulfur

Regular diesel fuel contains sulfur. Sulfur can cause damage to the environment when it is burned in fuels. The amount of sulfur in diesel fuel is regulated by the Federal government.

When sulfur is removed from regular diesel fuel, the fuel doesn't work as well. Adding a small amount of biodiesel can fix the problem. Biodiesel has no sulfur, so it can reduce sulfur levels in the Nation's diesel fuel supply while making engines run smoother.

 

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