Why Is Bioheat Fuel Better?
Bioheat® fuel is one of the best ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the environment without sacrificing comfort or needing to undertake expensive, disruptive equipment replacements.
Bioheat fuel operates under the same principle as traditional heating oil. That’s why you can use it in existing home heating fuel systems without any modifications to your current heating equipment. But here’s the key difference: Bioheat fuel represents an enhanced eco-friendly alternative to conventional heating fuel.
You also don’t lose any heating power with Bioheat fuel. On the contrary, it burns much more efficiently, reducing heating system maintenance, improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions. And it has the highest Btu content of any alternative fuel!
Bioheat fuel is a blend of renewable biodiesel and ultra-low sulfur heating oil. Biodiesel is a gallon-for-gallon replacement for petroleum fuel. Biodiesel is made from organic and recycled ingredients like:
- used cooking oil
- animal fats
- inedible corn oil
- soybean oil
- canola oil
Bioheat Fuel and Lower Emissions
Blended with ultra-low-sulfur heating oil, biodiesel is an excellent and practical way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Biodiesel is considered a biogenic fuel that eliminates carbon output. By contrast, when traditional fossil fuels that do not contain biodiesel are burned, they take carbon that was stored in soil and put 100% of that carbon into the atmosphere.
In contrast, the combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources recycles carbon-dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks.
Bioheat fuel cuts harmful greenhouse gas emissions significantly because biodiesel achieves emissions reductions of at least 50% compared to petroleum. Using Bioheat fuel instead of traditional heating oil means reductions not only in carbon dioxide, but in sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and mercury.
The production process for Bioheat fuel has many benefits. It diverts waste products from landfills and puts them to good use. It also supports American farmers and biodiesel producers.
The production process puts excess oil and fats to good use. Food is never sacrificed for fuel in the production of Bioheat fuel.
Biodiesel (biofuel) is now being produced at more than 125 production plants around the country. Today, these facilities produce about three billion gallons of biodiesel each year.
Biofuel production isn’t just about achieving a cleaner environment. It’s about building a stronger economy too. The biodiesel industry supports nearly 60,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars in GDP, household income and tax revenues.
From Farm Waste to Biofuel—Right in Wisconsin
Right here in Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has partnered with biogas partner Agra Energy to build a first-of-its kind commercial facility that will turn dairy farm waste into renewable biofuel.
The $20 million facility, located at Dairyland Farm in New Franken, will use advanced technology to convert biogas waste into an estimated 750,000 gallons of renewable diesel and jet fuel annually.
Wisconsin is the ideal place for a facility to turn dairy manure into energy because it has an abundance of dairy farms.
UW-Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said the initiative is in line with the university’s larger sustainability goals, which includes becoming carbon-neutral by 2030.
“We want to be at the cutting edge of helping produce technologies that will move us away from the traditional fossil fuels,” Leavitt said.
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