At Global Leaf Biodiesel, a division of Global Leaf Energy Corp. (GLE), we are investing in all stages of renewable energy production and development. With gasoline prices volatile and the US Administration committed to easing the United States’ addiction to oil, Americans seem to be taking more interest in alternative fuels, including those derived from farm crops and other renewable organic sources. Among the most widely available are biodiesel and vegetable oil, both of which can be used to power a diesel engine. Developed from vegetable or animal fats, biodiesel is functionally identical to petroleum diesel. Adherents claim it pollutes much less than regular diesel. Biodiesel is most commonly sold in blends with normal diesel; B5, which is 5 percent biodiesel and 95-percent petroleum diesel, and B-20, or 20 percent bio diesel. B-20 sells for about 20 cents a gallon more than petroleum diesel, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Pure biodiesel (B-100) sells for about 85 cents more per gallon than regular diesel.

A relative of biodiesel is plain, edible cooking oil. But because it’s not financially practical to fuel a car with cooking oil from grocery store shelves— a gallon costs about $8—some people are modifying diesel engines to run on the used deep-fryer oil that restaurants often throw away. Discarded oil is sometimes available free, though more restaurants are now charging for it. Automakers are now beginning to warranty new diesel cars on biodiesel blends of up to 20 percent. At concentrations higher than that, or on cooking oil, engineers say they find too many impurities and inconsistencies in the fuel to be comfortable providing warranty coverage.

Biodiesel is a safe alternative fuel to replace traditional petroleum diesel. It has high-lubricity, is a clean-burning fuel and can be a fuel component for use in existing, unmodified diesel engines. This means that no retrofits are necessary when using biodiesel fuel in any diesel powered combustion engine. It is the only alternative fuel that offers such convenience. Biodiesel acts like petroleum diesel, but produces less air pollution, comes from renewable sources, is biodegradable and is safer for the environment. Producing biodiesel fuels can help create local economic revitalization and local environmental benefits. Many groups interested in promoting the use of biodiesel already exist at the local, state and national level.

Biodiesel is designed for complete compatibility with petroleum diesel and can be blended in any ratio, from additive levels to 100 percent biodiesel. In the United States today, biodiesel is typically produced from soybean or rapeseed oil or can be reprocessed from waste cooking oils or animal fats such as waste fish oil. Because it is made of these easily obtainable plant-based materials, it is a completely renewable fuel source.

Short Term Goals: The short term purpose of the Work Group is to increase demand and availability of locally-produced biodiesel through aggregated government purchase and use.

Long Term Goals: The longer-term goal is to have this short-term action lead to the development of a functional biodiesel industry in the Pacific Northwest.

Any diesel vehicle can be powered by biodiesel from 10% to 100% blend with regular petroleum diesel. Performance is usually not affected. Biodiesel use could preserve the air quality by decreasing harmful particulate matter emissions released by regular petroleum based diesel. Farmers can save money by manufacturing biodiesel on-site to use in their tractor engines. Fleet vehicles have been joining the biodiesel movement. In Yellowstone National Park the entire bus feet is run on biodiesel blend engines.For more information on our Biodiesel products, Please contact us at: