Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that can reduce carbon emissions, save money and have a positive health effect on communities across the world.
Producing 85% less CO2 and generating fewer emissions such as sulphur, hydrocarbons and particulates, biodiesel offers a sustainable, renewable alternative to fossil fuel. Biodiesel also helps to solve the growing problem of how to dispose of used cooking oil safely, ensuring that used oil is recycled into fuel rather than poured into drainage systems or put back into the food chain.
Biofuels from waste oils do not compete with food crops and also allow for the use of non-food, oil-yielding crops such as camelina and jatropha to produce high-value fuels for use in communities. Chicken fat, waste cooking oils, crude palm oil and coconut oil are being used in Paraguay, the UK, Mexico, South Africa, the US and Mozambique to produce biodiesel which runs taxi fleets, bus fleets and the Royal Train in the UK.
Green Fuels and sustainability
With plants in operation for clients across the world, Green Fuels is helping to save 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide every single day. By focusing on community scale rather than large scale production, we can help keep costs down and production efficient, generating biodiesel in locations where it is needed. That means transportation costs are cut too.
Further, the biodiesel contains no sulphur and burns cleaner than mineral diesel, releasing 60% to 80% less particulates, which reduces injector fouling and improves engine life. The benefits are especially noticeable in diesel generators that run below their full generating capacity as the improved lubricity of the biofuel increases engine efficiency.
Oil that keeps on working
Biodiesel can be produced in a 1:1 ratio from oils through a trans-esterification process that unbinds the three fatty acid strands from an oil molecule’s glycerine and binds them to an alcohol, usually methanol. The machine then automatically removes the glycerine through the patented GSX glycerine separator and purifies the resultant fuel through an ion-exchange process.
Northeast Biodiesel is a community-owned manufacturing plant making biodiesel from recycled vegetable oil. It is majority owned by Co-op Power, a renewable energy co-operative owned by consumers in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York. Co-op Power operates within a regional network of autonomous local organising councils to create a multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable and just energy future. At the heart of this future is a Green Fuels FuelMatic processor.
Waste oil from Balinese hotels and restaurants is enabling carbon credit trading. The tourism and leisure industry in Bali produces a large quantity of waste oil, much of which ends up being disposed of unsustainably, leading to contamination of water sources. The charity Caritas harnessed Green Fuels technology to recycle the waste oil and produce biodiesel to reduce CO2 emissions and provide valuable income to the social enterprise.