Frequently asked questions

What is Biodiesel?


To add a new questiBiodiesel is an alternative fuel similar to conventional or ‘fossil’ diesel. Biodiesel can be produced from straight vegetable oil, animal oil/fats, tallow and waste cooking oil. The process used to convert these oils to Biodiesel is called transesterification. This process is described in more detail below. The largest possible source of suitable oil comes from oil crops such as rapeseed, palm or soybean. In the UK rapeseed represents the greatest potential for biodiesel production. Most biodiesel produced at present is produced from waste vegetable oil sourced from restaurants, chip shops, industrial food producers such as Birdseye etc. Though oil straight from the agricultural industry represents the greatest potential source it is not being produced commercially simply because the raw oil is too expensive. After the cost of converting it to biodiesel has been added on it is simply too expensive to compete with fossil diesel. Waste vegetable oil can often be sourced for free or sourced already treated for a small price. (The waste oil must be treated before conversion to biodiesel to remove impurities). The result is Biodiesel produced from waste vegetable oil can compete with fossil diesel. More about the cost of biodiesel and how factors such as duty play an important role can be found here.on go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.




What are the benefits of Biodiesel?


Biodiesel has many environmentally beneficial properties. The main benefit of biodiesel is that it can be described as ‘carbon neutral’. This means that the fuel produces no net output of carbon in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2). This effect occurs because when the oil crop grows it absorbs the same amount of CO2 as is released when the fuel is combusted. In fact this is not completely accurate as CO2 is released during the production of the fertilizer required to fertilize the fields in which the oil crops are grown. Fertilizer production is not the only source of pollution associated with the production of biodiesel, other sources include the esterification process, the solvent extraction of the oil, refining, drying and transporting. All these processes require an energy input either in the form of electricity or from a fuel, both of which will generally result in the release of green house gases. To properly assess the impact of all these sources requires use of a technique called life cycle analysis. Our section on LCA looks closer at this analysis. Biodiesel is rapidly biodegradable and completely non-toxic, meaning spillages represent far less of a risk than fossil diesel spillages. Biodiesel has a higher flash point than fossil diesel and so is safer in the event of a crash




Do I need to convert my diesel vehicle to run biodiesel?


No, there is no need to convert any diesel operated engine to use biodiesel. No modifications or alterations are required to utilize biodiesel. The consumers needs to change the fuel filters initially. Ask your biodiesel supplier for support




Can I switch between biodiesel and normal diesel?


Yes, one can use both the varieties of diesel at any point.biodiesel (B100) has a solvent effect, which may release deposits accumulated on tank walls and pipes from previous diesel fuel use. With high blends of biodiesel, the release of deposits may clog filters initially and precautions should be taken to replace fuel filters until the petroleum build-up is eliminated. This issue is less prevalent with B20 blends, and there is no evidence that lower-blend levels such as B5 have caused filters to plug.




Can I use biodiesel in my vehicle?


Most diesel engines are warranted to run on anywhere between B5 (5% biodiesel) to B20 (20% biodiesel).




Can I sell Biodiesel?


Yes, The product has to meet BIS quality standards specifications 15607-2016.




What are the economic benefits ?


The industry converts byproducts like stearine, acid oils and sluges from local vegetables oils refineries thereby contributing to regional economic growth. The RUCO mission has potential to create industrial oppoturnity 18000 Cr by year 2022.




Does biodiesel affect fuel consumption?


Biodiesel-powered engines have been shown to deliver similar torque and horsepower as diesel-powered engines. Biodiesel has a higher cetane rating, which can improve starting and reduce smoke emissions




Is biodiesel bad for vehicles?


Biodiesel and diesel fuels burn quite similarly in diesel engines. In fact, biodiesel has some specific advantages, such as better lubricity, reduced engine and fuel pump wear and tear and, quite often, a longer engine life.




Do I need special storage facilities?


In general, the standard storage and handling procedures used for petroleum diesel can be used for biodiesel. The fuel should be stored in a clean, dry and dark environment. Acceptable storage tank materials include aluminum, steel, fluorinated polyethylene, fluorinated polypropylene and teflon. Copper, brass, lead, tin and zinc should be avoided.For details please refer BIS15607-2016.




Does biodiesel cause filters to plug?


Biodiesel can be operated in any diesel engine with little or no modification to the engine or the fuel system. Pure biodiesel (B100) has a solvent effect, which may release deposits accumulated on tank walls and pipes from previous diesel fuel use. With high blends of biodiesel, the release of deposits may clog filters initially and precautions should be taken to replace fuel filters until the petroleum build-up is eliminated. This issue is less prevalent with B20 blends, and there is no evidence that lower-blend levels such as B5 have caused filters to plug.




Will engine warranty coverage be at risk?


The use of biodiesel in existing diesel engines does not void parts and materials workmanship warranties of any major engine manufacturer.