Biodiesel is produced through a fairly simple chemical reaction called transesterification, a proven process that generates little or no waste. It blends easily with conventional distillate fuels such as #2 diesel, #2 heating oil and kerosene, and these biodiesel blends can be stored and distributed through the existing petroleum fuels infrastructure. Biodiesel's multiple economic, environmental, public health, and energy security benefits are well-documented.
There are a number of important reasons for our country to be using biofuels. Perhaps the most important and most debated is that no one knows how long our world's petroleum resources will last. But we do know that petroleum is finite, and when the supply has been depleted we must have alternatives ready to keep our country moving. Because advanced biofuels like biodiesel are made from renewable sources and because they can be blended with petroleum fuels, they play a vital role today in supplementing our current supply of fossil energy. Furthermore, developing the technology to sustainably increase the production of advanced biofuels will ensure an ample supply of transportation and space heating fuel in the future, and provide assurance against the uncertainty surrounding the petroleum resource timeline.
Producing our fuels domestically also improves our energy security as we become less dependent on the strategic, political, and economic whims of other countries. By developing the market for domestic biofuels we are investing in our energy infrastructure, we are recycling waste products (which are currently being shipped outside of the U.S.) into BTU rich fuels, we are creating green collar jobs and we are driving technological innovation that has been the lifeblood of the American economy for over a century.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (now known as RFS 2) which as of Q4 2012, now mandates:
Finally, producing and using advanced biofuels like biodiesel is much better for the environment than burning fossil fuels. Biodiesel produces fewer harmful emissions during production and combustion. Most significantly, biodiesel derived from waste grease, reduces life cycle GHG emissions by 80%, far greater than any other scalable and agricultural-based biofuel feedstock at the present time. Greenleaf Biofuels is proud to offer WVO-based biodiesel - the most sustainable biodiesel available today.
Further information on feedstock GHG emissions and RFS2 can be found on the following EPA web sites:
Greenleaf Biofuels is working with the following Research and Development Laboratories:
The Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale
The UConn Biodiesel Testing Laboratory, housed within the University’s Center for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE)
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