Biodiesel Fuel: Homegrown Oil

Learn how clean, renewable biodiesel fuel is a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based fuel and how it can power any diesel engine.



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Biodiesel can be made from any oil-producing crop. For example, an acre of sunflowers yields about 102 gallons of biodiesel fuel.
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A biofuels dispenser at Baca Street Biofuels in Santa Fe, N.M., offers a blend of 20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent petrodiesel.
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Biodiesel, a clean, renewable fuel that can power any diesel engine.
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Biodiesel can be produced on any scale from an industrial facility to a blender in the kitchen. This trailer holds all the equipment necessary to produce biodiesel on the road.
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Many crops can be used to produce oil for biodiesel, including soybeans, which yield about 48 gallons per acre.
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North Dakota Extension specialist Gary Willoughby uses biodiesel to fuel a tractor.
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Shawn Antaya of Boulder, Colo., holds biodiesel, which costs him about 50 cents a gallon to brew.
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Harvesting oil from algae is still in the research phase, but estimates indicate it could produce more than 3,500 gallons per acre.
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