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Biodiesel for Fire Departments

Nearly every large city in the US is exploring the use of biodiesel in its municipal vehicles. List of Biodiesel Initiatives and Mandates

 

The reasoning for this is threefold

  1. Biodiesel is better for the life of your engines. It is a fact that biodiesel has superior lubricity and burns with less wear in your engines than petra-based diesel. (Lubricity and Biodiesel ) With the recent trend to remove sulphates from regular diesel (to comply with emissions standards), biodiesel, even in very low blends, is being recognized as an effective and helpful additive to improve the life of your engine. (see Biodiesel Lubricity document)
  2. There’s also an important health benefit to using biodiesel in fire trucks. Most firemen share their work and living environments with their vehicles and inhale a fair amount of diesel exhaust during their career; this has a well-documented negative health impact ( CANCER link to Diesel) Biodiesel is much better for you.
  3. If you make biodiesel yourself from any waste cooking oil, you will make it for 95 cents per gallon in a BioPro™.

 

EXAMPLE: The Florida National Guard actually has their cost down to 67 cents per gallon. Florida National Guard story.

How do biodiesel emissions compare to petroleum diesel?

The National Biodiesel Board writes:

"Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act.

The use of biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine results in substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter compared to emissions from diesel fuel. In addition, the exhaust emissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates (major components of acid rain) from biodiesel are essentially eliminated compared to diesel."

Of the major exhaust pollutants, both unburned hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides are ozone or smog forming precursors. The use of biodiesel results in a substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons. Emissions of nitrogen oxides are either slightly reduced or slightly increased depending on the duty cycle of the engine and testing methods used.

Based on engine testing, using the most stringent emissions testing protocols required by EPA for certification of fuels or fuel additives in the US, the overall ozone forming potential of the speciated hydrocarbon emissions from biodiesel was nearly 50 percent less than that measured for diesel fuel.

Please contact Springboard Biodiesel if you’d like more information.