What's So Different about Biodiesel Fuel? (2022)

Introduction

Biodiesel is a liquid fuel that is created by chemically processing vegetable oil and altering its properties to make it perform more like petroleum diesel fuel. It was first evaluated seriously in the late 1970s but was not widely adopted at that time.

The topic of biodiesel fuel has been receiving a great deal of interest recently, and both large- and small-scale manufacturers have started production at locations throughout the state. However, many people are still uncertain about whether biodiesel is a reliable, safe fuel to use for diesel engines.

This fact sheet explains the major differences between biodiesel and petroleum diesel (also called petrodiesel), including information about biodiesel additives and blends. The companion fact sheet in this series Using Biodiesel Fuel in Your Engine explains the performance you can expect when running an engine on biodiesel.

Properties of Biodiesel Versus Petroleum Diesel

The sizes of the molecules in biodiesel and petroleum diesel are about the same, but they differ in chemical structure. Biodiesel molecules consist almost entirely of chemicals called fatty acid methyl esters (FAME), which contain unsaturated "olefin" components. Low-sulfur petroleum diesel, on the other hand, consists of about 95 percent saturated hydrocarbons and 5 percent aromatic compounds.¹

¹If the biodiesel is made using ethanol rather than methanol, the resulting molecules are"fatty acid ethyl esters"(FAEE).

The differences in chemical composition and structure between petroleum diesel and biodiesel result in several notable variations in the physical properties of the two fuels. The seven most significant differences are as follows:

  1. Biodiesel has higher lubricity (it is more "slippery") than petroleum diesel. This is a good thing, as it can be expected to reduce engine wear.
  2. Biodiesel contains practically no sulfur. This is also a good thing, as it can be expected to result in reduced pollution from engines using biodiesel.
  3. Biodiesel has a higher oxygen content (usually 10 to 12 percent) than petroleum diesel. This should result in lower pollution emissions. But, relative to petroleum diesel, it causes slightly reduced peak engine power (~4 percent).
  4. Biodiesel tends to thicken and "gel up" at low temperatures more readily than petroleum diesel. Some types of oil are more of a problem than others. This is a concern, especially for the cold winters that are typical to Pennsylvania.
  5. Biodiesel is more likely to oxidize (react with oxygen) to form a semisolid gel-like mass. This is a concern, especially for extended fuel storage and when using engines that are only operated occasionally (such as standby power generators). A good method for storage is to use a dry, semi-sealed, cool, light-tight container.
  6. Biodiesel is more chemically active as a solvent than petroleum diesel. As a result, it can be more aggressive to some materials that are normally considered safe for diesel fuel.
  7. Biodiesel is much less toxic than petroleum diesel. This can be a real benefit for spill cleanups.

The quality of petroleum diesel fuel tends to be more uniform and reliable, especially when compared to small-scale production of biodiesel where quality control may or may not have been good. Petroleum diesel can vary in quality from plant to plant or from region to region, but the variations are typically much smaller. Poor-quality biodiesel fuel can lead to many problems in engine performance, and care should be taken to ensure that your fuel is of good quality (see the Renewable and Alternative Energy Fact Sheet: Using Biodiesel Fuel in Your Engine). Biodiesel that conforms to ASTM standard D6751 should be of a consistent, high quality.

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In all fairness, we should mention that petroleum diesel has also demonstrated problems with oxidative stability and low-temperature performance, although biodiesel, at present, seems to be more susceptible.

Does the Type of Vegetable Oil Used Matter?

A common question regarding biodiesel that comes up is "which oil crop results in the best biodiesel?" There are definite differences from crop to crop, but it's not a straightforward matter to choose a "best" one, especially when the cost of growing or buying oil can vary quite a bit from crop to crop as well.

Different vegetable oils have higher or lower concentrations of different chemical components (fatty acids, for the most part), which affects their performance when they are made into biodiesel. In addition, the chemical structure of the alcohol that is reacted with the oil to create biodiesel can also affect the properties of the fuel. In general, the chemical properties that matter the most are the length of the biodiesel molecule, the amount of "branching" in the chain, and the degree of "saturation" of the molecule.

As shown in Table 1, these properties have both positive and negative effects on biodiesel, so it is not really possible to choose a "perfect" oil for biodiesel. As if this wasn't complicated enough, we need to also remember that cold-starting properties might be vital during winter in cold climates but unimportant in summertime or in warm parts of the world. On top of all that, it is possible to buy additives that improve some of the less-than-ideal properties of biodiesel.

Table 1. General comparison of different oil chemical properties related to their use as biodiesel.
PropertyPositive effectsNegative effects
Length of moleculeIncreases the cetane number, heat of combustion; decreases NOx emissionsIncreases viscosity
Amount of branchingDecreases the gel pointDecreases the cetane number
SaturationDecreases NOx emissions, improves oxidative stability, reduces depositionIncreases melting point and viscosity; reduces lubricity*

*Technically, the reduction in lubricity is due to the removal of polar compounds containing sulfur that are natural additives by hydrogenation and the formation of saturated compounds.

In general, longer molecules with more branching are beneficial to the performance of biodiesel but are seldom present in FAME. High unsaturation (high iodine number) leads to poor oxidative stability and is undesirable in bio- diesel. Of the many types of fatty acid found in vegetable oils, oleic acid is probably best, while linoleic is less desirable and linolenic acid is most undesirable.

With all this in mind, it appears that canola oil, with its high proportion of long, unsaturated fats (lots of oleic acid), may be slightly better for biodiesel fuel quality than some of the other oilseed crops, although this has not been conclusively confirmed with careful testing. Tropical oils such as palm oil, with their high proportion of saturated fats, tend to have significant problems with cold-weather performance, as they tend to solidify more readily than many other oils.

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Making Biodiesel Better with Additives

Some of the properties of biodiesel fuel are not ideal from an engine performance point of view. Thankfully, additives can be used to counteract these problems and improve the overall quality of the fuel.

  • Cold-flow improvers: these additives improve the cold-weather performance of biodiesel by limiting its ability to gel. They tend to only improve the operating range by about 5 degrees.
  • Fuel stabilizers: these additives act as "antioxidants" to reduce the possibility of oxidation degradation of the fuel.
  • Antimicrobial additives: it is possible for microbes to grow in biodiesel, resulting in clogged lines and fouled equipment. Antimicrobial additives prevent this by killing off any existing microbes and preventing them from returning.
  • Detergent additives: these help reduce the formation of deposits on engine parts by forming a protective layer on the parts and dissolving existing deposits from the surfaces within the engine.
  • Corrosion inhibitors: these also protect the engine by forming a protective layer on the components, thus preventing corrosive chemicals from reaching the surface.

A wide array of additives is available on the market today, and they can be purchased at an automotive shop or on the Internet. Often, a single product can be purchased that combines many or all of the above additives. The actual composition of these additives is usually a closely guarded trade secret, and not all additives perform the same. Users should keep track of how well a specific additive is working for them and take care to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the concentration and proper use of the additive. Keep in mind that there are many "snake oil" salesmen in the market today. Only deal with reputable companies and suppliers that are approved by your engine's manufacturer.

What About Blends?

Biodiesel fuel blends very easily with petroleum diesel. These blends are described by their percentage of biodiesel (e.g., "B20" has 20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent petroleum diesel). In general, the properties of a blend will lie somewhere between the properties of the biodiesel and the petroleum diesel. Blends are sometimes used to improve the lubricity of petroleum diesel or reduce its sulfur content.

Probably the most useful reason for a biodiesel producer to blend would be to improve cold-operating characteristics during the winter. A mix of 70 percent biodiesel and 30 percent petroleum diesel has been reported to be effective for mild winter conditions. Kerosene, also known as #1 diesel fuel, is blended with standard (#2) petroleum diesel during winter months (usually ~40 percent kerosene, 60 percent #2 diesel) to improve its cold-weather performance. This approach is probably the easiest way to make biodiesel usable during harsh midwinter conditions in Pennsylvania. However, keep in mind that only low-sulfur kerosene that is approved as an engine fuel should be used.

Summary

Biodiesel and petroleum diesel are very similar fuels, but they are not identical. However, the differences are remarkably small when we consider the radically different procedure for making biodiesel as compared to petroleum diesel. Many additives are available that can modify the properties of biodiesel fuel, and biodiesel can be easily blended with petroleum diesel fuel if desired.

For additional information, please refer to the following Penn State Extension fact sheets and reports:

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  • Biodiesel: A Renewable, Domestic Energy Resource
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy Fact Sheet: Using Biodiesel Fuel in your Engine
  • Making Your Own Biodiesel: Brief Procedures and Safety Precautions
  • Biodiesel Safety and Best Management Practices for Small-Scale Noncommercial Production

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Penn State Biomass Energy Center

Prepared by Daniel Ciolkosz, extension associate, Penn State Biomass Energy Center and Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Reviewed by Joseph Perez, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dennis Buffington, Department Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Glen Cauffman, Penn State Farm Services

FAQs

Can a regular diesel engine run on biodiesel? ›

Biodiesel and conventional diesel vehicles are one and the same. Although light-, medium-, and heavy-duty diesel vehicles are not technically alternative fuel vehicles, almost all are capable of running on biodiesel blends.

What are the disadvantages of using biodiesel? ›

Disadvantages of Biodiesel
  • Variation in Quality of Biodiesel. ...
  • Not Suitable for Use in Low Temperatures. ...
  • Biodiesel Could Harm the Rubber Houses of Some Engines. ...
  • Biodiesel is Way More Expensive than Petroleum. ...
  • Food Shortage. ...
  • Increased use of Fertilizers. ...
  • Clogging in Engine. ...
  • Regional Suitability.

Can a gasoline engine run on biodiesel? ›

Can I run biodiesel in my gasoline engine? No, biodiesel can only run in conventional compression-ignition (diesel) engines!

Why do people not use biodiesel? ›

"The feedstock inputs you need for biodiesel are more expensive than petroleum is," Jones Prather said. "On top of that, the processes for producing the fuel aren't yet efficient enough so that you can produce it very cheaply."

Will biodiesel hurt my truck? ›

While it may be true that most diesel engines can be started and operated for a number of hours with biodiesel fuel (at least under mild weather conditions), engine manufacturers limit the use of biodiesel in many engine models to ensure no adverse effects over the entire life of the engine.

Does biodiesel improve mileage? ›

Engines operating on B20 have similar fuel consumption, horsepower, and torque to engines running on petroleum diesel. B20 with 20% biodiesel content will have 1% to 2% less energy per gallon than petroleum diesel, but many B20 users report no noticeable difference in performance or fuel economy.

What is a major problem with most biofuels? ›

1: Technical Challenges

Biofuels can be tricky, because they operate differently in cars than regular petroleum-based fuels do. Perhaps the most straightforward of biofuel's drawbacks is the most obvious: It isn't petroleum-based fuel, so it will operate differently in engines designed for petroleum-based fuel.

Is biodiesel harmful to engine? ›

The impact of poor-quality biodiesel will probably not be immediately noticeable in the operation of your engine, but over time deposits, corrosion, and damage can accumulate until your engine catastrophically fails.

How long can biodiesel be stored? ›

Use It or Lose It: Biodiesel has a shelf life of about six months; sealed opaque containers with minimal head space (to prevent water condensation) are best for storage.

Can I convert my car to biodiesel? ›

If you attempt to convert a standard gasoline vehicle to biodiesel, you'll have to first replace the entire motor with one that operates on diesel. This is not an economical procedure, and most people wish to convert to biodiesel for either economical or environmental reasons, or both.

Can you make biodiesel at home? ›

Yes, you can make biodiesel in a plastic bucket with little more than some drain cleaner, gas-line de-icer and a wooden spoon, if you know what you're doing. But it can be dangerous. Splashing lye and/or methanol into your eyes can blind you.

How much is a gallon of biofuel? ›

The average FOB price for American biodiesel B100 was $5.58 per gallon in November 2021, while the on-highway average price for conventional diesel was $3.74 per gallon.

Why we shouldn't use biofuels? ›

The unaccounted for environmental problems that indirectly arise from biofuel use are significant: 1) direct conflicts between land for fuels and land for food, 2) other land-use changes, 3) water scarcity, 4) loss of biodiversity, and 4) nitrogen pollution through the excessive use of fertilizers.

What are the pros and cons of biodiesel? ›

Lower fuel efficiency than Conventional Diesel
Pros of BiodieselCons of Biodiesel
RenewableMay damage fuel filters and pipes
Incredibly SafeCan Effect Food Supply
Ready to UseLittle bit Expensive
Extends engine lifespanLower fuel Efficiency than Diesel
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Which cars can run on biodiesel? ›

Biofuel for cars is crucial in cutting down on emissions. What kind of vehicles can run on biodiesel and renewable diesel?
...
1. Biodiesel vehicles
  • Chevrolet Silverado.
  • GMC Sierra 250 or 3500 HD.
  • Ford Super Duty F250, 350, and 450.
  • Ram 2400, 3500, 4500, and 5500.
  • Chevrolet Colorado.
  • GMC Terrain.
  • Range Rover Vela.
  • Ford Transit.
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Can I run biodiesel in my 6.7 Cummins? ›

Cummins fully supports the use of environmentally beneficial alternative fuels. All of our automotive and industrial engines are compatible with B5 biodiesel to help encourage the greater use of renewable, domestically grown fuel.

What does biodiesel smell like? ›

Not only does the extracted oil smell like coffee, but the biodiesel also smells like coffee and when it's burned-the exhaust smells like coffee.

Is it legal to run a diesel on vegetable oil? ›

Firstly, you can only use vegetable oil in a diesel engine, not a petrol one. It's important to note though that oil should not be poured directly from the bottle into a car. Due to the oil being so thick and sticky, it won't flow properly through the engine, and it will not burn efficiently.

What are the pros of a biodiesel? ›

Biodiesel is a domestically produced, clean-burning, renewable substitute for petroleum diesel. Using biodiesel as a vehicle fuel increases energy security, improves air quality and the environment, and provides safety benefits.

How much energy is in a gallon of biodiesel? ›

The energy density of petroleum diesel is about 130,000 British thermal units (BTU) per gallon and that of biodiesel is about 118,000 BTU per gallon.

Can biofuels really fly? ›

The A380, shown here in a photo illustration, is the world's largest passenger jet. It has made a 3-hour flight powered by biofuels produced from waste fat and oil. (The small rear engine was used to test hydrogen fuel.)

Is biodiesel better than regular diesel? ›

Superior performance: Biodiesel offers superior performance over petrodiesel since it has a higher cetane rating and added lubricity. Biodiesel's superior cetane rating means an easier engine startup. Higher lubricity means less wear and tear on your engine over time.

Can biofuel replace fossil fuel? ›

Replacing fossil fuels with biofuels—fuels produced from renewable organic material—has the potential to reduce some undesirable aspects of fossil fuel production and use, including conventional and greenhouse gas (GHG) pollutant emissions, exhaustible resource depletion, and dependence on unstable foreign suppliers.

Can you make bio gasoline? ›

Light olefins/bio-gasoline production from biomass

A possible route to produce bio-olefin and biogasoline from biomass feedstock is gasification. The obtained syngas from biomass feedstock could be used for the production of methanol followed by methanol-to-olefin (MTO) and methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) processes.

Can 2 year olds use diesel? ›

As for diesel, it can remain usable for between six and 12 months before becoming 'gummy' which, if used, can clog up filters and cause you issues with your engine.

Is biodiesel cheaper than diesel? ›

Biodiesel is most commonly sold in blends with normal diesel; B5, which is 5 percent biodiesel and 95-percent petroleum diesel, and B20, or 20 percent bio diesel. B20 sells for about 20 cents a gallon more than petroleum diesel according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Can Teflon be used to store biodiesel? ›

For example, biodiesel should not be stored or transported in copper, brass, bronze, lead, tin, or zinc because these metals will hasten degradation. Instead, choose containers made from aluminum, steel, fluorinated polyethylene, fluorinated polypropylene, Teflon®, or fiberglass.

How long does diesel fuel last before it goes bad? ›

Under ideal conditions, diesel fuel can be stored between six and twelve months. To extend the life past twelve months, even under the best conditions, it needs to be treated with fuel stabilizers and biocides.

How long does it take to make biodiesel? ›

How long does it take to make a batch? 48 hours in the standard models, 23 hours in the EX models, and 11.5 to 13 hrs when combined with a SpringPro T76 dry wash system.

Can a diesel engine run on peanut oil? ›

Turns out, diesel engines' simple design allows for virtually anything oil-based to be used as fuel. The inventor of the motor, Rudolph Diesel, used peanut oil in his original design.

Can I use cooking oil in my car? ›

Cooking oils, especially used cooking oil, are very thick, sticky and contain impurities from the cooking process. This means it will not flow easily through your engine, and your engine will struggle to burn it in an efficient way.

What is green diesel? ›

Abstract. Green diesel, one of alternative energy products, is a second generation of biofuel, which has a similar molecular structure as petroleum diesel but provides better diesel properties. The green diesel has been produced by a hydrotreating of triglycerides in vegetable oils with hydrogen.

How much biodiesel is a gallon of oil? ›

The short answer is that for most homebrewers, 1 gallon of collected oil turns into about 0.85 gallons of finished fuel - plus or minus 10%.

Can you mix vegetable oil and diesel? ›

The other way to thin it, is to mix it with something runnier like regular diesel. Just mix your vegetable oil into your diesel. People who are trying this say the easiest way to do this is to run your tank almost empty. Then when you pop to the supermarket, fill up with diesel, and then add the vegetable oil.

Can my car run on vegetable oil? ›

There's no refining process and it isn't regulated or tested according to environmental laws. In fact, using vegetable oil as fuel could be illegal in some states, as state and federal revenue agents in the U.S. require special licenses to drive converted cars, as well as payment of motor fuel taxes.

What states sell biodiesel? ›

Biodiesel retailers can be found in all states but Alaska, though all may not offer high percentage blends or B100.

How much is biodiesel right now? ›

Renewable diesel (California only): $4.05/gallon. B-20 Biodiesel: $3.05/gallon.

How much does it cost to make 1 gallon of biodiesel? ›

As mentioned previously, the cost to produce biodiesel is $5.53-$6.38 per gallon. This is higher than the current price of regular diesel.

What is the downside of using biofuels over gasoline? ›

No fuel is perfect, and there are some biofuel disadvantages - especially if plants are grown specifically. Biofuel production is currently equivalent to just a tiny fraction of global energy demand, which means a huge amount of land, water and fertiliser is needed.

What is the future potential for biofuel? ›

While world oil production is expected to increase 30 percent by 2030, production from unconventional fossil fuels will increase even faster, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Global biofuel production is projected to more than double.

Do biofuels burn cleaner than gasoline? ›

MYTH: In terms of emissions, biofuels emit the same amount as gasoline or more. FACT: Biofuels burn cleaner than gasoline, resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are fully biodegradable, unlike some fuel additives. Cellulosic ethanol has the potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 86%.

Can biofuel be used in cars? ›

Biodiesel and conventional diesel vehicles are one and the same. Although light-, medium-, and heavy-duty diesel vehicles are not technically alternative fuel vehicles, almost all are capable of running on biodiesel blends.

Is biofuel toxic to humans? ›

Health problems from biofuels and gasoline include increased cases of heart disease, respiratory symptoms, asthma, chronic bronchitis or premature death. The team has calculated the economic costs associated with these.

Is biodiesel really green? ›

Biofuels Are Not a Green Alternative to Fossil Fuels | World Resources Institute.

Can you use biodiesel in a regular diesel engine? ›

One of the major advantages of using biodiesel is the fact that it can be used in existing diesel engines without negative impacts to operating performance. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel for heavyweight vehicles that does not require any special injection or storage modifications.

What are the disadvantages of using biodiesel? ›

Disadvantages of Biodiesel
  • Variation in Quality of Biodiesel. ...
  • Not Suitable for Use in Low Temperatures. ...
  • Biodiesel Could Harm the Rubber Houses of Some Engines. ...
  • Biodiesel is Way More Expensive than Petroleum. ...
  • Food Shortage. ...
  • Increased use of Fertilizers. ...
  • Clogging in Engine. ...
  • Regional Suitability.

Do you lose power with biodiesel? ›

Biodiesel does not hold as much power when compared to regular diesel or gasoline based fuels. This results in a loss of power, and it is pretty significant. Biodiesel is about ten percent less powerful. Even though a regular diesel engine can run biodiesel, that does not mean that it is ideal.

Is biodiesel cheaper than regular diesel? ›

Biodiesel is most commonly sold in blends with normal diesel; B5, which is 5 percent biodiesel and 95-percent petroleum diesel, and B20, or 20 percent bio diesel. B20 sells for about 20 cents a gallon more than petroleum diesel according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

How much does it cost to convert to biodiesel? ›

Real Costs

It is estimated that making biodiesel is a great investment as it will typically cost about 70 cents per gallon to make. This means that if you are currently paying $2.50 per gallon for regular gas, the savings are $1.80 per gallon of biodiesel that you make.

Can you run biodiesel in a 6.7 Cummins? ›

Cummins fully supports the use of environmentally beneficial alternative fuels. All of our automotive and industrial engines are compatible with B5 biodiesel to help encourage the greater use of renewable, domestically grown fuel.

Is biodiesel safe for my car? ›

Are Biofuels Safe to Use? Most blended biofuels with a low concentration are perfectly safe to use – in fact, you have probably used them to fill up without even realising! However, most vehicles aren't compatible with biofuels in their purest form and could therefore be damaging to your car.

Is it legal to run a diesel on vegetable oil? ›

Firstly, you can only use vegetable oil in a diesel engine, not a petrol one. It's important to note though that oil should not be poured directly from the bottle into a car. Due to the oil being so thick and sticky, it won't flow properly through the engine, and it will not burn efficiently.

Can you make biodiesel at home? ›

Yes, you can make biodiesel in a plastic bucket with little more than some drain cleaner, gas-line de-icer and a wooden spoon, if you know what you're doing. But it can be dangerous. Splashing lye and/or methanol into your eyes can blind you.

How much is a gallon of biofuel? ›

The average FOB price for American biodiesel B100 was $5.58 per gallon in November 2021, while the on-highway average price for conventional diesel was $3.74 per gallon.

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