Biodiesel achieves 5-to-1 return of renewable energy

Read the full story in High Plains Journal.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, a new study shows production continues to be energy-efficient in making biodiesel for diesel vehicles and home heating, demonstrating its long-term sustainability.

Newly published research from the University of Idaho and U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that for every unit of fossil energy needed to produce biodiesel, the return is 5.54 units of renewable energy. This energy-in, energy-out ratio is called “energy balance” or “fossil energy ratio.”…

Biodiesel is a diverse fuel made from a wide variety of agricultural byproducts and co-products. For more information on biodiesel, visit biodiesel.org. To see a copy of the University of Idaho/USDA study, visit www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/bioenergy/EnergyLCAJune2011.pdf.

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