Bioheat® fuel is a low-carbon fuel that is made by blending heating fuel with renewable biodiesel. Biodiesel is produced across America from a variety of raw materials and by-products that would otherwise be wasted. America’s biodiesel producers manufacture more than 3 billion gallons of biodiesel each year and will continue to increase this production as demand grows for this highly renewable fuel.
Where Does Biodiesel Come From?
Biodiesel is made from a variety of readily available materials like soybean oil, inedible corn oil, animal fats, used cooking oil, and canola oil.
Biodiesel producers blend waste fats, oils, and greases among other abundant low-carbon feedstocks in fuel which can be burned in place of petroleum. Biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification where:
Glycerin is separated from the fat or vegetable oil.
This process leaves behind two products—methyl esters and glycerin.
The remaining glycerin is used in a variety of products, including soap.
Then all that’s left is methyl esters, which is the chemical name for biodiesel!
What Makes Biodiesel Renewable?
Materials used to make biodiesel are waste products or by-products of existing food supply lines. Using different types of surplus sources is what makes biodiesel renewable and able to produce 80% fewer emissions compared to petroleum diesel.
Looking for Bioheat® fuel in your area?
Get started with a quick Internet search, including your town name, county, and state—more and more providers are delivering Bioheat® fuel now. If you can’t find a provider near you, contact your state energy association listed below.
If you’re a heating oil dealer interested in becoming a Bioheat® fuel provider, we can help. Please fill out the adjacent contact form, and a member of our Bioheat supply team will contact you as soon as possible.