Our Videos

FAQ / What Is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel consists of chemicals known as fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) that can be used as a diesel fuel substitute or diesel fuel additive. Biodiesel is typically made from oils produced from agricultural crops such as soybeans or canola but can also be made from various other feedstocks such as animal fats.

Currently, most biodiesel in the United States is produced from soybean oil, but recent increases in soybean crop prices have caused producers to switch to other feedstocks such as waste animal fats from processing plants or recycled grease from restaurants. Biodiesel can be made from virtually any feedstock that contains an adequate amount of free fatty acids, which are the raw materials that are converted to biodiesel through a chemical process. Research is underway to harvest algae for biodiesel production because they contain fat pockets that help them float, and this fat can be collected and processed into biodiesel. Continued biodiesel production and usage will help the United States meet levels of biofuels consumption mandated by the Renewable Fuel Standard.

In addition to biodiesel derived from FAME, it is also possible to make a diesel fuel substitute from cellulosic material. This fuel, sometimes called renewable diesel, would also count towards meeting the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate. Like cellulosic ethanol, however, its commercial viability has yet to be demonstrated.



AnnaMaria Realbuto
Thank you for all your assistance and efficiency...
Read More »
Kateryna Melnychenko
Thanks a lot Anton!...
Read More »
Rani Payne
Thank you so much! Iím sure I will be in touch again with something else that will need to be apost...
Read More »
Serge Bauer Law
Thank you again for your help with this case!...
Read More »


Starting a Business
Read More »
Do the periods of pre-completion OPT count against the available periods of post-completion OPT?
Read More »
What is optional practical training?
Read More »
What portraits are shown on our circulating coins?
Read More »


September 29, 23
MO resident livid after controversial baby product business uses her address in articles of incorporation to get business license
Read More »
September 27, 23
Ohio hospital allegedly fakes time of death on certificate to cover up fatal malpractice over routine heart procedure
Read More »
September 26, 23
MN man clears erroneous criminal record caused by name similarity with twin brother
Read More »
September 22, 23
TN Mayoral candidate admits to criminal record over promoting prostitution
Read More »