Biodiesel energy or running your vehicle utilizing vegetable oil

Posted on 29 February 2012 by Tony Santos

The soaring prices of gasoline and diesel are highly affecting consumers across the world. People are longing for alternate fuels not only to tackle the pricing issues, but also to prevent the further rise of global warming. Automobile manufacturers are working along with a team of scientists and experts to solve this issue. Meanwhile, the use of bio-diesel is turning out quite successful.

The cost of biodiesel is comparably cheaper than the conventional fuels. In addition, the availability of biodiesel is growing across the nations. However, there are only limited sources of bio-diesel fuel in the United States. As this fuel is gaining more popularity in the recent days, it won’t take much time for it to become available at numerous outlets as we get gasoline or diesel today.

Bio-diesel as a boon

The principal advantage of biodiesel is its cost. When compared with the conventional fuel sources, bio-diesel fuel cuts down your monthly expenses passably. Apart from its cheaper price, emission of biodiesel fuel is also environmental friendly. The release of excess carbon dioxide gas from automobiles is one of the major contributors of global warming. Fortunately, the use of biodiesel in vehicles will sufficiently minimize carbon emissions.

Some crazy people have used vegetable oil as a fuel source for their diesel vehicle and found it quite satisfactory as well. In fact, vegetable oil has efficacious lubricating properties that keep them clean during the combustion process.

Initially, bio-diesel is used only as a custom installation package, especially for the diesel vehicles. As this fuel is being quite successful with the direct consumers, some of the renowned automobile manufacturers are making biodiesel cars available directly through their dealers.

To everybody’s surprise, biodiesel is quite safer to use, as it contains high amount of octane. Literally, this fuel could be used in any kind of engine that works on the basic combustion technology. As the contents of the fuel don’t possess sulfur and aroma, the formation of acid rain is highly improbable. Above all, biodiesel fuel is renewable.


The most deficient feature of bio-diesel is its power generation. Though its emissions are environmental friendly, but the biodiesel compromises on the power front. Certain reliable sources predict the power loss to be about 11 percent of the total energy generated by the conventional fuels. That’s one of the major disadvantages of biodiesel. Apart from the reduced power, engine’s performance is also a major concern when bio-diesel is used. As the engines of the current conventional cars are designed purposefully for diesel or gasoline fuels, using biodiesel in the same engines reduce its performance and life.

Used vegetable oils may provide better lubrication along the moving parts of the engine. However, properties like viscosity, self-ignition temperature, knocking, etc., demands a lot of analysis and researches to make it 100 percent effective. Not the least, the storage of biodiesel and vegetable oil also affects the engine’s performance, due to the possibility of poor oxidation. These fuels encourage the growth of microbes which could become a serious trouble if left unchecked.

On the whole, biodiesel and vegetable oil have their own advantages and limitations in incorporating them in the conventional cars. However, if engines are customized to utilize these fuels, they can become much effective than the current methods.

About the author: Kelly is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gadgets. Recently an article on bad breath attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on electric vehicles.

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