How Is Biodiesel Made?

March 22nd, 2018 |  Biodiesel and Blog
Biodiesel Fuel - SeQuential.

As the push for a greener society continues, biodiesel has garnered quite the reputation as a low carbon alternative to petroleum diesel. However, while you probably know that it is derived from vegetable oils, you may not know how biodiesel is produced. Here, we’ll guide you through the biodiesel refinement process – SeQuential style.

Step 1: Collection

SeQuential’s biodiesel starts in the kitchen – whether it’s in your home or in the dining hall at your local university – with used oils, fats and grease. We visit each of our partners to collect these materials and transport them to our production plant in Salem, Oregon.

Step 2: Refinement

After arriving at our refinery, the used cooking oil we collect undergoes a chemical process known as transesterification, which results in the collected materials separating into several distinct elements, including mono alkyl esters – the scientific name for biodiesel. Along the way, we take special care to comply with strict governmental regulations in order to ensure that our products deliver the high performance you deserve.

Step 3: Reuse of Additional Bioproducts

Aside from the biodiesel itself, the SeQuential refinement process also creates several other sustainable products, including glycerin, salt cake and boiler fuel. These products are either reintroduced into the SeQuential system or sold to industrial and manufacturing customers throughout our community. As a result – and with the help of thorough on-site research and development – we’ve created an extremely low-waste refinement process that minimizes environmental impact.


Learn More About SeQuential’s Biodiesel

To hear more about the SeQuential biodiesel production process or to discuss our products and services, get in touch with us today. Be sure to try our biodiesel out for yourself, too – just use our fuel map to discover SeQuential retail partners across the Pacific Northwest.