March 9, 2008
The Problem with Diesels:
Did you know that there are 11.3 million diesel trucks in the United States alone? Diesel only accounts for 28% of the total fuel consumed in this country, however the effects of these trucks are devistating. They are responsible: for one quarter of highway caused pollution, over 50% of highway caused particulate matter, One tenth of foregin oil consumption, and contribute 6% to the nations global warming pollution.
GREASECAR: a cleaner solution to diesel
The Greasecar Vegetable Oil Conversion System is an auxiliary fuel modification system that allows diesel vehicles to run on straight vegetable oil (SVO) in any climate. That means people could fill up their cars with the excess fry oil that resturants usually throw away. The system is really ideal for shipping and distribution, considering that every truck and semi is powered by diesel. A potato chip delivery truck could be fueled with the left over Vegetable Oil from frying the chips, thus recycling and repurposing a waste product. Not only is it a recycled product, but Vegetable oil also has a much lower level of emissions than diesel and biodiesel, making it a much cleaner alternative. Most specifically in Carbon emissions where it is 26% lower than diesel, and 39% lower in particulate matter.
Vegetable Oil (SVO) vs. Biodisel (B-100):
1. BioDiesel (B-100) requires expensive processing facilities and machinery to produce.
2. Production of BioDiesel requires a significant amount of additional electrical or heat energy.
3. BioDiesel needs to be mixed with hazardous chemicals such as lye and methanol, resulting in a toxic material. B100 bio-
diesel is not natural, especially if it is diluted with diesel fuel to produce B5 bio-diesel (95%diesel - 5% B100 mixture), B10
SVO on the other hand is natural, and is the only engine fuel not considered a water hazard.
4. SVO is cleaner and safer than diesel and B-100. SVO has no sulfurthus mitigates acid rain, and SVO spills will not burn as
readily BioDiesel or other fuels in the event of an accident.
5. Using SVO allows maximum decentralization of the fuel supply industry. This reduces our dependence on Mid-East
supplies, is empowering to third world nations / farmers, and US small farm businesses.
6. SVO recycles existing atmospheric CO2 thus does not contribute to global warming, and may in fact, reduce atmospheric
CO2 due to the deposition of solid plant matter back into the earth. B5, B10, B20 and diesel increase atmospheric CO2.