Biodiesel's glycerine may make alternative fuel

By Automotive Staff | November 14, 2007
Glycerine is mostly used today in pharmaceutical products. So how does this relate to cars? With many things there are unintentional consequences. In the case of biodiesel, one can say that the by-product glycerine is one of those consequences. According to Azom, as much as 10 percent of glycerine is produced as a by-product of biodiesel production. It is expected that there will be a large surplus of glycerine in Europe because the European Parliament has mandated more use of biofuel as a substitute for gas and diesel by the year 2010. Well, how does one recycle it, then? It's been known for years that glycerine can be used as an alternative fuel. Currently, its high price is an obstacle. But with further production of biodiesel, glycerine prices are expected drop. It is said that there will be a yearly production of 10 million tons of glycerin by 2010.
Our take? The more we hear about biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, the more we note that virtually any product can be used as fuel. Fossil fuels have long powered our needs simply because they were cheap. Now they're not, isn't it time we grew our own?