Did you know?
North Carolina currently has five biodiesel plants that are each able to produce from one to five million gallons of fuel annually.
Click here to see a list of biodiesel retail locations.
North Carolina biodiesel plants use a variety of renewable resources to make biodiesel including waste vegetable oil and virgin soy oil. There are also plans to produce biodiesel from algae in the near future.
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that is made from vegetable oil, animal fat, recycled cooking oil, seed crops, and even algae? It is “pour and go” technology in that biodiesel is easily blended with petroleum diesel and can be used in any diesel engine. Blends are labeled with abbreviations such as B5, B20, or B100, where the number stands for the percentage of biodiesel in the fuel. For instance, B20 is 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel, and B100 is pure biodiesel.
- Emission Reductions- Biodiesel reduces particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and unburned hydrocarbon tailpipe emissions. It also reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions. (AFDC)
- Increased Safety– Biodiesel is non-toxic and biodegradable, so it’s safer for water and soil when spills happen. It’s also safer to use, handle, and store than petroleum diesel. (AFDC)
- Energy Security- Biodiesel is produced domestically — even locally — biodiesel reduces our need for imported oil and helps support local industry.
- Economy – The biodiesel industry supports over 50,000 jobs in the United States. (Biodiesel Board)
- Efficiency – Biodiesel has a very attractive energy balance ratio. According to a University of Idaho and US DA study, for every unit of fossil fuel energy that went into producing biodiesel , 5.5 units of energy are provided for use.
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A forum where biodiesel ’newbies’ and experts can ask and answer questions about producing, distributing, and usingbiodiesel in North Carolina.
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What Vehicles are Available?
Almost any diesel engine purchased after 1993 can safely burn biodiesel without any modification at all. Trucks, buses, passenger cars, boats, diesel generators and boilers can use biodiesel. It’s not even necessary to empty your tank before switching to biodiesel, since biodiesel blends so easily with petroleum diesel. (AFDC)
Where Can I Purchase Biodiesel?
You may be using biodiesel now without knowing it! A blend of up to 5% biodiesel can be included in regular ultra-low sulfur diesel without any labeling requirement. Higher blends of B20 and above can be found at approximately 20 stations throughout North Carolina. View a list of Biodiesel retail locations in North Carolina.