Biodiesel can be less expensive then petroluem based fuel
A B5 blend is 5% biodiesel and 95% petroleum based diesel. It is one of the most common blends associated with biodiesel because of the use of a B5 blend in state or municipal mandates. Most major engine manufactures have approved of the use of a B5 blend in their engines. The American Standard for Testing and Materials (ASTM) which sets the international standards for diesel fuel has revised its statements so that a B5 blend is treated the same as conventional diesel.
ASTM D975-08a, Specification for Diesel Fuel Oils (on- and off-road applications) — revised to allow for up to 5 percent biodiesel content. This allows B5 blends to be treated the same as conventional diesel for testing purposes.
ASTM D396-08b, Specification for Fuel Oils (home heating and boiler applications) — revised to allow for up to 5 percent biodiesel content. Like D975, this revision allows B5 blends to be treated the same as conventional fuel oil for testing purposes.
B5 – B20
Blends of B5-B20 (5-20% biodiesel) are categorized under a different ASTM specification and are usually sold at pumps with a disclaimer that the fuel “may contain up to 20% biomass based diesel”. The State of Illinois offers incentives for blends of 11% biodiesel (B11) which have resulted in a drastic increase in biodiesel usage within the state. Currently 25% of all the biodiesel made in the country is used in Illinois. However, because the economics of biodiesel are constantly changing more and more pumps are utilizing B5-B20 blends to reduce the cost of the diesel. The economics behind the RFS2 can make biodiesel less expensive than regular diesel fuel and as a result increasing the popularity of B5-B20 blends.
Fusion Renewables provides sustainable feedstock for the biofuels industry, primarily recycled vegetable oils from restaurants and food processors. Raw oil is processed into a low-cost feedstock that meets the specifications of biodiesel refineries. We have operational facilities in Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City, and Louisville. Our ultimate goal is to keep all of the energy local by providing biodiesel back to the cities we collect oil from.