Pros and Cons of Biodiesel
Biodiesel is produced from vegetable oils, animal fats or other greases that can be recycled; these are all renewable fuel sources.
It's very safe, and reduces air pollutants released in car exhaust. For example, biodiesel reduces carbon monoxide exhausts an average about 50%. It reduces hydrocarbons by 70% on average (both compared to regular diesel fuel). It also is biodegradable.
They don't have to be 100% biodiesel either. Blends can be created with a mixture of biodiesel and regular diesel gasoline. They still have good results as well.
No new engines are needed to use biodiesel, but for its pure for, modifications are needed.
It's a substitute for regular diesel; this means that it can easily be integrated with our system.
It runs on regular diesel engines, so there is no need for a special engine.
Pure biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 75%. It also reduces particulate, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide emissions. This is much needed in a world with a greatening risk of the greenhouse effect.
It's also a renewable fuel source, as it runs off of materials like corn, or soy. This prevents our dependency of foreign oil.
It's less combustible then regular diesel, which allows for safer transport and distribution.
Although many harmful compounds are decreased in emissions, a new one arises. Nitrogen oxide is a dangerous compound that increases in biodiesel emissions.
It has the same amount of hydrocarbon emissions as regular diesel.
Because of it's high clouding point (the point in which it starts to turn into a solid), biodiesel is hard to store at cold temperatures. At such cold temperatures, it would solidify.
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