Biodiesel fuel is running thousands of buses and other vehicles, but it's also being used more for home heating. Susan Carter has this report.
It’s new to a lot of people but it is fast catching on… a concept that just a few years ago now has turned into a reality…” Greg Anderson works in the bio-diesel liquid fuel industry, he’s talking about using bio-diesel: “Including home heating applications and also small businesses who use heating oil are now using bio-heat…”
Here’s what’s being done: Using a 2% blend mixed with petroleum oil to produce a cleaner, greener product. One that’s made right here in the United States.”
Anderson, who blends renewable energy with liquid fuel, says converting to diesel fuel for heating is easy and simple. “That’s the remarkable story about bio-heat. It is a seamless transition into existing heating furnaces and things. There’s no modifications that need to take place and certainly when we look at a 2 to 5% level, that’s what’s the beauty of this fuel. People say, ‘Well I want to switch from my regular heating oil. I want to try bio-heat.’ The supplier comes out with his truck, puts it in the tank. There’s no modifications. No adjustments that need to be made and right away they can be enjoying the benefits environmentally from this product.”
According to the National Biodiesel Board, US biodiesel use reduces life-cycle carbon emissions by 60 to 80%, depending on its source, making it the best carbon reduction tool of any liquid fuel commercially available. Biodiesel is a sustainable product produced from a variety of resources:
“We can manufacture this product made from vegetable oil, primarily soybean oil, right here in the U.S. so it is renewable. We don’t have to import it from countries that don’t like us. It creates jobs here in America. Also, it is a product that we can count on and depend on.”
Hundreds of millions of pounds of soybeans are grown in America every year.