Biofuels: Diesel Substitutes

Biodiesel is produced from bio-based oils such as vegetable oils, animal fats, and recycled restaurant grease. Biodiesel can be blended with petroleum diesel or used in its pure form (B100) with proper equipment modifications. The majority of biodiesel consumed in California is blended with conventional fuel at low levels. Many modern diesel vehicles can use biodiesel in concentrations ranging from five percent to 20 percent. California has nine biodiesel production facilities in operation, with a combined production capacity of 74 million gallons per year.

Benefits of Biodiesel

Renewable Diesel

Renewable diesel is derived from vegetable oils, animal fat feedstocks, bio-syngas, and biomethane. This alternative fuel is chemically equivalent to petroleum diesel, and can be used in existing diesel infrastructure and engines without modifications. Renewable diesel is the most common diesel substitute used in California. The majority of the renewable diesel used in California is imported from overseas.

Benefits of Renewable Diesel: