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Published on June 24th, 2012 | by Jake Richardson


Solar-Powered Biodiesel Station Opens in Atlanta

June 24th, 2012 by  

As someone who runs biodiesel in a thirty-year old Mercedes diesel sedan, it was very pleasing to hear of the opening of a new biodiesel fuel station in Atlanta.

Located at 250 Arizona Ave. NE and providing B100 and B20, the new station is the result of a partnership between the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and Clean Energy Biofuels (CEB). The station is part of the I-75 Green Corridor Project, which is intended to have 1,786 miles of roads where either ethanol or biodiesel pumps can be found by all motorists who can use the alternative fuels. This interstate corridor spans six states — from Hiealeah, Florida to northern Michigan.

The new Atlanta biodiesel station recovers used oils from food service establishments and utilizes solar power to process it to make biodiesel, a fuel which is non-toxic, biodegrades, and has a much smaller carbon footprint than petroleum diesel, aka ‘dino diesel’. The Atlanta station’s biodiesel is formulated to meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International standards.

Biodiesel typically is locally produced, so it supports the economy where it is made and does not generally require shipping over long distances, meaning there is very little carbon footprint for transporting it.

It also produces between 50% and 75% less CO2 than burning regular diesel fuel does. Substituting biodiesel for regular diesel also reduces sulfur emissions by one hundred percent.

However, some studies have indicated burning biodiesel could result in increased nitrous oxide emissions. Others have indicated nitrous oxide emissions are the same or slightly decreased.

Biodiesel is compatible with a number of diesel engines, without any modifications required except for changing a number of small rubber hoses, because biodiesel tends to erode them. Not all new diesel engines can use biodiesel though, so it is important to make sure there is compatibility first, before trying biodiesel or there could be engine damage.

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  • guest

    Carney3 – why don’t you just go to an e85 station? There are several around Atlanta. google it.

  • Carney3

    This is good, but they should also sell E85 ethanol.  Lots of flex fuel vehicles on the road not living up to their potential to run on something other than gasoline.   Might as well also throw in CNG.

    • Why would a biodiesel plant that owns a retail station want to start an E85 station? This station has a history, and it used to supply Atlanta with BD up untill the station went out of business. Now they have come back, and I for one am glad. Atlanta already has a bunch of E85 stations, by the way. I have one about a mile from my house.

      • Carney3

        Why not? Attract more customers, make more money, help the coalition of alternatives that are leading people away from oil.

        • Google “Charles 803 still”. You can make your own e100

      • Carney3

        I’m envious you have an E85 station close to your house. From mine you have to drive 40 minutes in any direction to get to one. Nor is any other alternative fuel available other than an electric charger at a Walgreens.

  • A symbolic gesture at best but thumbs up regardless. Many people use this type of bio-diesel (usually a DIY project) and that’s fine. However, even if every drop of used cooking oil were utilized for bio-diesel it wouldn’t even scratch the global demand for diesel. Diesel made from algae, on the other hand, has the potential to replace all of the diesel that we need.

    Having said that I hope that this station is a raging success.

    • Still waiting on algae diesel to pan out, and I think it will. Very exciting stuff. Biodiesel, much like all alternative fuels, is one piece of a larger solution.

  • Marietta, GA (North Atlanta) has had a b20/b100 station for quite some time, and it is right off I-75. SA White Oil company.

    • I’m wondering if any bus drivers are filling up at these stations? I’ve known about this one in Marietta, but I’ve never actually been there.

      • Gbmrod

         I have been there – all of last summer I filled up there.  A little out of my way, but I try to use B100 every chance I get.  I’ve only been able to get there once since the warm weather started.  Bad planning on my part.  A little more expensive and I don’t get quite the MPG, but I feel like I’m not killing “our soldiers” every time I fill up.

        • Yeah, my MPG sucks on BD, even after changing my fuel filter. I haven’t been using it that long, though, so I’m learning to hypermile on it.

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