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Making Biodiesel at Home

Making Biodiesel at Home

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Published by Teo Pilapil
A simple step-by-step guide to making biodiesel at home.
A simple step-by-step guide to making biodiesel at home.

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Published by: Teo Pilapil on Jun 08, 2009
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Making Biodiesel at Home
 
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INTRODUCTION
The utilization of biodiesel, as an alternative fuel is actively being promoted around the world.Biodiesel is a clean-burning fuel made from domestic, renewable sources, such as oils fromvegetables, peanuts, soy beans, canola/rape seeds, hemp seeds and some grains. It can alsobe made from animal fats and waste vegetable oil from restaurants. It has undergone theprocess of transesterification, a simple chemical modification of ordinary vegetable oil thatmakes the fuel usable in diesel engines.Using a food crop for fuel sets up competition between food and fuel. With biodiesel sharingfeed stock with food, food prices could rise further. To address this problem non food gradevegetable feed stocks are being considered to make biodiesel. However, farmers can switchfrom producing food crops to producing biofuel crops to make more money, even if the newcrops are not edible. From the law of supply and demand, if less farmers are producing food theprice of food will rise.Biodiesel and feedstock oils produced in Asia, South America and Africa are currently lessexpensive than those produced in Europe and North America suggesting that imports to thesewealthier nations are likely to increase in the future. If deforestation, and large-scale farmingtechniques were used to grow biofuel crops, biodiesel is predicted to become a serious threat tothe environment.Waste vegetable oil which is the main focus of this book offers several advantages. As a wasteproduct, its main route is to the wastewaster treatment plants where it requires additionalresources to convert it to an environment–friendly waste matter. Utilizing waste vegetable oil asan alternative fuel will not only clean our environment but also push us to be more fossil fuelindependent. Producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil does not pose a treat to the foodindustry.Diesel engines can run on three basic types of fuel: petroleum diesel, biodiesel, and straightvegetable oil (SVO). Diesel fuel produces carbon dioxide, pollution, particulates and sulfur emissions.The purpose of this book is to provide a step by step learning process so that biodieselprocessing can become simple enough for any ordinary person to do it. Sure enough, there area lot of materials in the internet where we can learn from but we don’t know which one gives thebest result. This book has done most of the hard work and is giving you a proven and ready touse method.Biodiesel is non-toxic and safe to use. But the ingredients used in making it are hazardous. For this reason, safety concerns are inserted in many parts of this book.This is not meant to scare you. Nobody has yet burned or killed themselves or anyone elsemaking homebrewed biodiesel. Large numbers of ordinary people all over the world are makingtheir own biodiesel, and so far there have been no serious accidents. It's safe if you're carefuland sensible. Food could even be more dangerous. A lot of people died every year due to highblood pressure which can be linked directly to eating habit. If you always use your commonsense in curbing your eating habit you could avoid it. The same thing is true with biodiesel homebrewing. So don’t be scared. Making biodiesel is safe if you're careful and sensible. Nothingabout life is safe if you're not careful and sensible.

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