Biodiesel

Background
Biodiesel is a clean-burning fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as new and used vegetable oils and animal fats that can be used to replace conventional diesel. Just like petroleum diesel, biodiesel operates in compression-ignition engines. Biofuel Pump

Biodiesel can be blended and used in many different concentrations. The most common blends are: B100 (pure biodiesel), B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel), B5 (5% biodiesel, 95% petroleum diesel), and B2 (2% biodiesel, 98% petroleum diesel). Blends of up to 20% biodiesel can be used in nearly all diesel engines and are compatible with most diesel storage and distribution equipment. Low-level blends (≤ 20%) do not require any engine modifications and can provide the same range as diesel. B100 requires special fuel handling and may require vehicle modifications. Biodiesel’s performance can be affected by cold weather: the smaller the percentage of biodiesel in the blend, the better it performs in cold temperatures.

Benefits of Using Biodiesel
Like other alternative fuels, biodiesel enhances energy security, because it is produced in the U.S. and substitutes for petroleum diesel. In addition, using biodiesel in place of conventional diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions, because the carbon dioxide released from biodiesel combustion is offset by the carbon dioxide absorbed while growing the fuel’s feedstock. Biodiesel also causes less damage than petroleum diesel if spilled or released into the environment, and it is less combustible than petroleum diesel.

Biodiesel Use in Vehicles
Biodiesel can be used in conventional diesel vehicles, particularly in blends less than 20% (≤ B20). B5 is approved for use in all vehicles. Higher-level blends of biodiesel may require engine modifications: it is important to check your engine warranty before using biodiesel blends to ensure that use of higher blends of this alternative fuel does not void or affect it.

Biodiesel Fueling in New Mexico
There are 4 public biodiesel fueling stations in New Mexico with blends of B20 or greater.

New Mexico Biodiesel Fueling Stations

Station Name

Street Address

City

Nambe Falls Travel Center

17730 US 84/285

Santa Fe

Amigo Mart

1229 Cerrilos Rd

Santa Fe

Rio Valley Biofuels

1940 Anthony Dr

Anthony

Stripes #150

225 Wheeler Ave

Texico

Additional Information
Alternative Fuels Data Center (U.S. DOE) – Biodiesel
Biodiesel Laws and Incentives in New Mexico
National Biodiesel Board

 

 
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