Bioheat & The Future of Clean Energy

*The following information comes from mybioheat.com, which is a great source. We encourage you to visit that site to learn more about the clean future of energy.

Over the next 10 to 30 years, state policy makers across the Northeast and beyond have announced plans to phase out carbon-intensive fuels, including home heating oil, through electrification and carbon taxation that would put many heating oil companies today out of business.

For home owners who have long relied on the comfort and reliability of heating oil, this would likely mean:

 

Fortunately, the heating oil industry has a solution. Over the past two decades, the heating oil supply pool has been increasingly cleansed of sulfur and blended with renewable, clean-burning biodiesel to create ultra-low-sulfur Bioheat® Fuel. Commonly delivered to customers today at five- to 20-percent biodiesel blends (B5 to B20), the industry is committed to increasing the blend ratio to avoid future carbon taxation and make heating oil the cleanest, most sustainable residential heat source available on the planet.

 

 

Bioheat Basics

Bioheat® Fuel is a blend of biodiesel and ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO). A more eco-friendly alternative to both traditional heating oil and natural gas heat (at blends of 12% biodiesel and beyond) Bioheat® can be used in existing home heating oil systems and is available in three tiers based on how much biodiesel is blended into the ULSHO base stock.

  • Blends ranging from 2% to 5% biodiesel (B2-B5) are referred to as Bioheat®.
  • Blends ranging from 5% to 20% biodiesel (B5-B20) are referred to as Bioheat Plus.
  • Blends beyond 20% biodiesel (B20+) are referred to as Bioheat SuperPlus.

Bioheat® Fuel is a simple choice and a smart solution that requires no modification to your heating system and results in a better fuel for your home and the environment. Biodiesel is produced from a variety of renewable resources, such as plant oils, animal fats, recycled grease, and even algae, making it one of the most sustainable fuels on the planet. And with biodiesel, you don’t sacrifice food for fuel. Oils and fats for biodiesel are a minor by-product of producing high-protein feeds (soybean meal) and quality meats.

 

 

Production

Biodiesel is produced in a chemical process called transesterification. Methanol is reacted with the fat or vegetable oil feedstock to create gylcerin in biodiesel. The glycerin is sold for use in the manufacture of soaps and other household products. The remaining, purified methyl esters are in fact biodiesel. Independent production facilities across the nation are capable of producing more than 3 billion gallons of biodiesel a year, using a variety of feedstocks. It is readily available through your local heating oil dealer.

Energy Balance

U.S. biodiesel reduces lifecycle carbon emissions by an average of 80 percent compared to petroleum fuel oil, making it the best carbon reduction tool of any U.S. liquid fuel commercially available. Biodiesel has the highest energy balance of any U.S. commercially available fuel, returning 5.54 units of renewable energy for every one unit of fossil energy needed to produce it. This energy-in, energy-out ratio is called “energy balance” or “fossil energy ratio.”