The Role of Technology and Economics In Addressing The Problems with Biodiesel
by Mark Ward Senior - NPN Magazing March 2012
Biodiesel has come a long way on the quality front since it was first brought to the market. Manufacturers that diligently follow guidelines set down by the Nation Biodiesel Broad make quality products that are up to the general quality experienced by more traditional fuels. However, there are some specific issues with biodiesel that require extra attention and if the supply source is less consistent in quality precautions can be taken to minimize any issues that might arise.
To understand the situation it helps to being at the beginning. “Biodiesel is a transester of natural oil such as soy bean, rapeseed, canola or meat tallow,” says Peter Guerra, vice president of marketing for FPPF Chemical Company Inc., a Buffalo based maker of diesel fuel additives. “But natural oils won’t work in an engine. You must remove the glycerine and turn the product into an ester.”