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Diesel and Biofuels

by bozeman / April 21, 2006 1:37 AM PDT

Hey Earthday tomorrow, good topic...

Molly and Veronica briefly mentioned this like it was new, but maybe I just misheard, but they certainly have hit upon something I have been researching alot. I own a VW, and all their cars in Europe apparently come in diesel if you want. I get 1300/Km (that's about 800miles for our Imperial friends) a tank with my car but when it gets really old I want to convert it to run on alternate fuels. So quickly here:

Good clip about Mr Rudolf Diesel:

He actually invented the diesel engine to run on vegetable fuel or coal powder, but mysteriously died and then the engine was really modified to use petroleum based diesel. But lots of people have converted their cars (lots of VW's!) to run on stuff.

I have a few friends that have converted their vehicles to run on grease. Most fast food places are happy to give you their leftover grease and it is easy to filter it and use it in your car. For me being a little more up north in Canada, we have to make sure it is well heated first, so start in diesel, end in diesel and the middle for grease. Great for long trips.

Anyways, interesting topic for myself. If you want to run your car on really, really cheap fuel, look into it sometime.

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Diesel and Biofuels
by avivhill / April 21, 2006 2:46 AM PDT
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Dude that is so cool. I read on Dvorak blog about a scientist that has made a mixer that combines alcohol and oil (I believe vegetable oil) and got a Bio-Diesel. This prototype mixer is the size of a credit card. This would be huge for farmers of america because they have the highest demand for diesel.

About have way down on the below page:

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by bozeman / April 21, 2006 6:12 AM PDT
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Thanks, I'll go check the link!

As for all this stuff, it is actually quite easy. They actually do sell this stuff and I remember a mashup made for finding it. I'll search for it and paste the link while I finish this message.

try that, if not go to the main page and click on it

If you do it yourself, basically you go one of two ways. Heat it, or thin it out somehow. It just needs to be less viscous somehow. So heating it is good, or mixing it with thinners.

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by friaf1111 / April 21, 2006 7:14 AM PDT
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I know a little about biodiesel and have had an interest in it for some time now. It's important to remember that there is a difference between vegetable oil and biodiesel. Oil is prone to solidify where biodiesel won't at normal temperatures. You can run on both, but biodiesel is the way to go. However, biodiesel is extremely expensive because it takes alot of processing. I checked on it once and it cost about $10.00 a gallon if bought by the drum. If it is was more commonly used, it could come down in price. You can make your own biodiesel from left over grease, but you need to know some chemistry and invest a little bit of money to do it right. It's similar to when people use to make their own soap out of lard. If you do it wrong and don't get all of the sodium hydroxide out of it before using it, you can foul up your engine badly.

Biodiesel's best promise for now is to be used as an additive to regular, low sulfer diesel because it is an excellent lubricant. Sulfer is a major pollutant of diesel, but is also a lubricant.

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