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Replacing petroleum, biodiesel has many advantages and limitations. Biodiesel has many significant benefits over it.

Here is the list of environmental benefits of biodiesel:

  • Biodiesel is a carbon-neutral one. It means that it does not emit any carbon gases in the form of carbon dioxide.
  • Biodiesel production is highly a biodegradable process.
  • It is non-toxic.
  • Biodiesel has a higher flash point than any other diesel.
  • Biodiesel is a renewable form of energy source.
  • It is also economical.
  • It is less polluting than petroleum products since it produces less particulate matters like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and unburned hydrocarbon.
  • The life of catalytic converters increases if the biodiesel 100% free from sulfur is used.
  • Biodiesel can be used in combination with others like heating oil etc.
  • Biodiesel can be used in the existing oil heating system and diesel engines with little or no modification.
  • It gives the same energy level per gallon like the petroleum diesel.
  • The lifetime of the engines is extended due to the lubricating effect of biodiesel.

Though biodiesel has a lot of advantages over the existing one, there are also some disadvantages concerning it.

(edited 2-Dec-2019)