Lean Mean Fuel from a Bean - Soy Diesel
Beans are a well-known source
of gas, now theyre a source for fuel! Buses, trucks, cars, lawn
mowers soy can power anything that uses traditional diesel
fuel. Biodiesels are a class of fuels created from biomass. Soy diesel
is created from soybeans and is just one type of biodiesel. Soy diesel
can be used on its own, or it can be blended with traditional petroleum.
Whichever option is used, the end result is reduced demand for petroleum
imports. Soy diesel is also better for the environment with fewer emissions
than regular diesel.
Farmers see soy diesel as an
exciting new market for their beans, a new market that may mean more money
in a time when farmers are struggling to make a profit. The West Central
Cooperative in Ralston, Iowa, processes about 7 million bushels of soybeans
every year and sees soy diesel as a huge opportunity for farmers. The
cooperative is planning to build a new plant and predicts this facility
will manufacture about 10 million gallons of soy diesel a year.
Although soy diesel is currently
more expensive than traditional diesel, experts predict that once the
fuel is more widely used, prices will come down. Fans of the fuel say
the environmental benefits more than make up for the price. Soy diesel
is non-toxic, biodegradable, virtually free of sulfur and is a totally