No Fossil Fuel
Renewable diesel is one of the only fuels made from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials. It is not a fossil fuel; instead, it is made of non-petroleum renewable resources and is classified as a hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). Advanced biofuels made of renewable raw materials are a key means of increasing the share of renewable energy in traffic – particularly on the ground and in the air. Impurities are removed from the raw materials before treatment with hydrogen at high temperature and pressure. the fuel has superior qualities that help reduce a vehicle’s carbon footprint. As a pure hydrocarbon, it is a non-polar molecule. It doesn’t attract impurities or water.
Reducing Environmental Impact
The power and miles per gallon of renewable diesel are comparable to, and can be better than, those of petroleum diesel. Renewable diesel does not contain any sulfur or aromatics, so it is odorless, colorless and generates very few impurities when burning inside a motor. Its efficient and clean combustion means that engines run quieter, smoother and with fewer harmful emissions.
Advantages of Renewable Fuels
- More complete combustion
- Improved cold starts
- Less engine noise and knocking
- Reduced smoke and warm-up time
- Fewer misfires
- Lower exhaust emissions: nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide and particulate matter
Scientific studies and field trials have shown that switching to renewable diesel reduces major pollutants significantly:
- 33% lower levels of fine particulates
- 30% lower hydrocarbons
- 24% lower carbon monoxide
- 9% lower nitrogen oxides
- Reduced polyaromatic hydrocarbons
While petroleum diesel consists of thousands of different molecules, renewable diesel is extremely consistent, no matter the starting feed stock. It’s so clean and clear that it could be mistaken for water. Since it doesn’t contain any sulfur or aromatics, it generates very few impurities when burning inside a motor.
The fuel also significantly reduces a vehicle’s particulate, hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions. As a result of its complete combustion within the cylinder, less unburnt fuel leaves the engine. Its predictable consistency helps to prevent variations in performance and issues with engines like clogged fuel filters.