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Biodiesel

Biodiesel is a motor fuel derived from renewable sources, such as soybean oil, corn oil, animal fats/oils and waste greases from restaurants and food processing plants.  Biodiesel can be used directly in diesel engines, usually with no required modification in late model units, but typically it is blended with petroleum diesel in various volumetric ratios ranging from 1% to 20%. 

Operational advantages accrue from burning biodiesel:  Sulfur oxides and carbon monoxide emissions are reduced as is particulate matter. Additionally, the lubricity of biodiesel is greater than petroleum diesel.  Biodiesel is greenhouse gas neutral in that it does not contribute to the carbon dioxide burden.  Nitrogen oxide emissions increase marginally, but methods are under development to mitigate this.  Biodiesel is non-toxic and biodegradable.  Biodiesel offers similar  fuel economy, power and torque to petroleum diesel.

The opportunity to off-set the importation of petroleum fuels and thereby contribute to the nation's energy independence while enhancing the economy of rural areas is obviously attractive.  This has been noticed at both the Federal and State levels.

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT), administered by the Department of Energy, is directed toward replacing petroleum based fuels with renewable fuels.  The original goal of the Act was to replace 10% of petroleum-based fuels by 2000 and 30% by 2010.  While compliance has lagged in these goals since the Act has no enforcement component, the strategy has been to require State and Federal fleets to purchase alternatively fueled vehicles beginning in 2002.  At present only 1-2% of motor fuel consumption used by these fleets originates with renewable sources.

Several states currently have state-wide mandates that requires the use of 2% (B2) biodiesel in all diesel fuel sold. There are various state-based incentive programs requiring transition to renewable energy sources for state fleets.

Biodiesel offers a high net energy return, that is:  the energy released from the burning of biodiesel is 200 to 300% greater than the energy required to manufacture the fuel.  In addition, a co-product of biodiesel synthesis is glycerin, which finds use in a host of commercial products from food, to cosmetics, to pharmaceuticals.

Brice Associates, LLC can assist in your exploration into establishing a biodiesel production facility.  We are prepared to perform feasibility studies, cost analysis to include government incentives/credits, feedstock sourcing options, plant siting, process design and alternatives, quality control facilities, waste treatment, environmental engineering, construction supervision and start-up.

Look to Brice Associates, LLC for your engineering and technical development guidance in the exciting markets that are developing for biodiesel.

 

 

2004 Brice Associates, LLC                                                                                                                                                                           Updated: April 2009