Biodiesel Uses and Guidelines FAQ

The biodiesel produced by SeQuential in Salem, Oregon and Bakersfield, California comes with a variety of benefits. It is non-toxic, good for the environment, cuts back on waste, and can be better for engines than petroleum diesel. Just like any fuel, however, biodiesel is most effective when used with care and insight. Before switching from petroleum fuels, learn more about biodiesel best practices.

How to choose the right biodiesel?

Always ensure that the biodiesel used in fuel blends meets the latest ASTM D6751 specification. ASTM D6751 is based on the physical and chemical properties needed for safe and satisfactory diesel engine operation and ensures the quality of biodiesel.

The BQ-9000 program, an added level of quality assurance, ensures that producers are following industry standards for storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution, and fuel management. SeQuential is a BQ-9000 approved and certified producer and marketer. All our fuel also meets ASTM D6751 guidelines, so you can feel confident in its quality and safety.

Can I use biodiesel in my existing vehicles and equipment?

Biodiesel is a considered a “drop-in” fuel meaning that it can be used in any diesel engine without modification, and you may fully replace petroleum diesel with 100% biodiesel or biodiesel blends.

B20 (20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel) is the most commonly available biodiesel blend in the U.S. This ratio delivers a good balance of cost, emissions, performance, and compatibility, and is ideal for most consumers.

Engine Warranties

Engine warranties do not usually specify types of biofuels to use in an engine. However, biodiesel blends up to B20 are widely supported by engine OEMs. View an updated OEM support summary and additional OEM information from the National Biodiesel Board website.

Biodiesel Storage

Guidelines for the storage and handling of biodiesel are comparable to those for petroleum diesel and require the same level of care.

Make sure tanks are free of water, sediments, and other contaminants. In general, B20 tends to have a longer storage life than B100. Heat and sunlight can accelerate oxidation, so clear totes are not advisable. Exposure to oxygen reduces storage life. It is best to use biodiesel fuels within 6 months – take precautions for long-term storage like using nitrogen blankets and/or stability additives.

Biodiesel in Cold Weather

• Follow the same anti-gelling protocols used for petroleum diesel
• Treat B20 and higher blends with a winterizing agent when temperatures fall below 25 degrees
• If using higher biodiesel blends when temperatures are consistently below freezing, consider using a tank heater

Switch to Biodiesel Today

Biodiesel is a clean-burning and eco-friendly alternative to petroleum that is usable in any diesel engine. If you are ready to switch to biodiesel, consider SeQuential, a subsidiary of Crimson Renewable Energy, the largest ultra-low carbon biodiesel producer on the West Coast. To learn more about our biodiesel production in Salem, OR, and Bakersfield, CA and our biodiesel distribution up and down the West Coast, please contact us at: biodiesel@choosesq.com or biodiesel@crimsonrenewable.com // 800-447-3794.

Switch to Biodiesel Today

Biodiesel is a clean-burning and eco-friendly alternative to petroleum that is usable in any diesel engine. If you're ready to switch to biodiesel, consider SeQuential. To learn more about our biodiesel production in Salem, OR, and Bakersfield, CA and our biodiesel distribution up and down the West Coast, please contact us by calling 800-447-3794 or visit one of our many partner locations today.