There are several fuels available with which to power your generator. We are not fuel specialists, however, we have assembled and compiled information about alternative fuels including fuel oil, biodiesel and ethanol to allow you to help you make your own decision with regard to fueling your generator with other than gasoline and No.2 diesel fuel.
In summary, because of the wildly differing home fuel formulations as well as sources of oil and process to manufacture and condition biodiesel, the decision will end up being your own.
Diesel fuel quality specifications in Canada are the responsibility of the Middle Distillates Committee of the Canadian General Standards Board. Link to: Dieselnet.com for more information.
Hydrocarbon distillate fuel oil used in compression ignition engines is similar to home heating oil but must meet cetane specifications of greater than 40.
Biodiesel Output Growing at 20% a Year in EU
European Union output of biodiesel, a clean oilseed-based renewable fuel, will grow by at least 20 percent a year and will largely be made from rapeseed, the CEO of France's leading producer Diester Industrie said.
The biggest problem the expanding sector faces is where to obtain raw materials because European Union countries do not grow enough oilseed crops now to meet future demand from fuel makers.
Commercial biodiesel would ideally be 70 percent rapeseed. European Union policies needed to change to encourage farmers to plant more rapeseed. Price support should be doubled to 90 euros a tonne and subsidies should be extended to new EU members. ... The EU is due to review its non-binding 5.75 percent target this year and consider whether to make targets mandatory.
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