How to Produce Biodiesel
How to Produce Biodiesel at Home
Many try producing biodiesel, however with so many variables it can be very tough to come up with a dependable system to replicate results. The good news is that you can learn how to produce biodiesel without complex formulas or a technical background, using step by step guides and visual instructions that are easy to understand and follow.
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FAQ: How to Produce Biodiesel
What is Biodiesel?
Vegetable and other natural oils are thicker than diesel fuel, so must be thinned in order to properly operate in a diesel engine. Producing biodiesel results from vegetable oil being chemically treated through a process called transesterification to remove the glycerin and thereby to thin the oil so it burns like diesel fuel.
Producing biodiesel requires an industrial alcohol such as methanol and a catalyst such as lye to convert the oil into a fatty acid methyl ester fuel. The fuel is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as legal for use in any concentration with diesel fuel, for the operation of both highway and non-road diesel vehicles.
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Will Biodiesel work with my Vehicle?
Biodiesel works in most diesel vehicles without any vehicle modification! The solvent properties of Biodiesel can however result in a slow degradation of rubber fuel lines over an extended course of time, so it is beneficial to use Synthetic Polymer Fuel Lines, which are standard in almost every vehicle after 1985.
It usually a simple procedure to update your fuel lines if necessary. Biodiesel is likely to be affected by extreme cold, so an electric fuel heater should be added to the vehicle for maximum assurance of smooth effectiveness in cold environments.
How do I store biodiesel?
Biodiesel can be stored in your processing unit once it is made, or pumped into barrels or drums, or something built specifically for this purpose such as a biodiesel storage tank. If your biodiesel will be stored for some time consider adding biocides, which are additives designed to stop the growth of microorganisms that are available at auto parts stores.
Over time biodiesel can have a tendency to cause slow degredation to rubber parts, so choose containers that are free of rubber or are have synthetic rubber. You will also want a suitable biodiesel pump in order to transfer the fuel most effectively.
What Equipment Do I Need To begin Producing Biodiesel?
With the proper equipment, producing Biodiesel fuel is easier than you think, and far better than watching the sharp increase in price every time you are filling up your tank!
Oil Source: To find, gather, and filter a waste oil source, such as from used cooking oil at restaurants, refer to the Vegetable Oil Filtration Guide. You can also purchase oil sources from local farms, or you can grow it yourself and use an Oil Expeller Press to obtain the oil. Some are even choosing to make Biodiesel from Algae!
Biodiesel Processors: These incredible units are the professional or no hassle answer to how to produce biodiesel. Here you can find a selection of Biodiesel Processors, or you can build one your own with this free How to Produce Biodiesel Guide.
Safety Gear: Because youll be using chemicals to refine your oil, you should always be sure youre wearing protective safety gear before starting the process. Safety goggles, gloves, protective apron and boots are essential.
Chemicals: Producing Biodiesel requires methanol, sulfuric acid and catalyst along with air-tight storage containers for each.
Fuel Filter: The fuel filter works to filter and remove water from the fuel. Because initial use of Biodiesel can release deposits previously accumulated on tank walls and pipes, its recommended that the fuel filter be changed after the first tank of Biodiesel.
Transfer Pump: A biodiesel pump provides safe, efficient transfer of the fuel to your engine. Consider models that are heavy duty with thermal overload protection, strainer and automatic nozzle for easy fuel transfer.
Fuel Heaters: A Biodiesel fuel can sometimes gel, either due to cold temperatures or because its been produced from heavily saturated fats such as waste oil from restaurants. An Electric Fuel Heater works to effectively keep Biodiesel from solidifying.
Biocides: Biocides are an additive designed to stop the growth of microorganisms in your fuel, thus helping preserve the life of stored Biodiesel.
Synthetic Polymer Fuel Lines: The solvent properties of Biodiesel can result in a slow degradation of rubber fuel lines over the course of months or years. Therefore, it is beneficial to use Synthetic Polymer Fuel Lines when it comes time for replacement.