What is Biodiesel?

Bio diesel is often being mixed up with pure vegetable oil. Bio diesel, compared to vegetable oil, has a lower viscosity and is similar to standard mineral based diesel. Most engines can be operated with bio diesel and if permanent use of bio diesel is required the fuel lines and gaskets have to be adjusted due to the higher acidity of the bio diesel.

Because there are various products out of which bio diesel can be produced we make a distinction between bio diesel of the first and second generation. Even a third generation is due to make a breakthrough ( Algae). The first generation bio diesel is produced out of soy oil, rapeseed oil and palm oil, but because this is too much food related it has a different status compared to the second generation. A second generation bio diesel is produced out of waste oils and fats ( used cooking oil and category 1 animal fat), this has a preferred status (double count) because it does not influence prices of food.

As a result of the big public debate around the influence of bio diesel of the first generation on food prices, the bio diesel of the second generation became the preferential status. The second generation bio diesel is produced out of waste material and is therefore fit for production of energy. The bio diesel that is being produced by Biodiesel Kampen is second generation bio diesel.

The quality parameters for the bio diesel have been put down in the EN14214 standards. The bio diesel produced by Biodiesel Kampen complies with this standard.