4 Things (Besides Vehicles) That Use Biodiesel

December 2nd, 2018 |  Biodiesel and Blog
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SeQuential has spent years creating low carbon biodiesel that’s used in diesel vehicles all across the Pacific Northwest. But while using biodiesel in vehicles is a great start, there are many other applications where this environmentally conscious diesel alternative can have a big impact. Here, we’ll explore a few of the most common.

Heating Systems

For people with oil furnaces, biodiesel is a great alternative to traditional heating oil. In addition to having a significantly lower carbon footprint, biodiesel burns much cleaner than diesel heating oil or natural gas AND can be used in your existing furnace. It’s best to introduce biodiesel gradually by starting with low blends, but over time, you’ll typically be able to use higher biodiesel concentrations without a hassle. Biodiesel’s solvent capabilities will not only help clean out sludge that has built up in your system, ultimately requires you to clean your filters less once that sludge is cleared out. Long-time SeQuential partner Genesee Energy is a great resource for information on heating your oil with biodiesel.

Electrical Generation Equipment

The majority of the electricity used in the United States is generated with help from three power sources with clear adverse environmental effects – coal, natural gas and nuclear. Biodiesel can be used effectively for small-scale electricity generation as a way to green your operation. More and more organizations are using biodiesel generators for this purpose as the technology becomes more widely accepted.1

Oil Spills

It’s easy to assume biodiesel’s sole use is powering machinery, but the fuel has also proven affective in cleaning up oil spills. Why? It’s because the substance features methyl esters, which are known to help reduce crude oil viscosity, therefore allowing biodiesel to serve as a helpful solvent. Of course, that leaves biodiesel in the water, but its higher buoyancy makes it much easier to remove once the crude oil has been dissolved. Bonus? Biodiesel itself is less toxic than table salt, so it causes no additional pollution when used in this way.

Try SeQuential

At SeQuential, we spend every day working toward a cleaner future. Explore our process to see how we operate with the environment in mind, and then find out where you can try SeQuential biodiesel for yourself.

1 National Biodiesel Board Electrical Generation. https://www.biodiesel.org/using-biodiesel/market-segments/electrical-generation (accessed 2-8-2019)