I don't believe this will be a barrier. Soy biodiesel will not likely replace more than 5% of our energy for diesel fuel. If we are going above 5% nationally, it will be with bio-diesels from other sources like algae or TDP (Thermal De-Polymenrization) or some other sort of synthetic biodiesel (SunFuel, etc.). With an "engineered" bio-diesel, winter gelling can be worked into the design.Just a thought, but to go to renewables like Bio, someone is going to have to address the cold weather issues for most of the country.
Yup. If we used every last acre of soy beans for biodiesel, we'd only replace about 5% of our diesel fuel on a net basis (because, it does take some energy to make biodiesel). We will need bio-diesel energy from other sources to get off of oil. It is all do-able. We just need to start putting attention on it nationally....I do not see it replacing petro diesel any time soon (as in, can we stop using petro diesel and have enough biodiesel to meet everyone's demand for diesel fuel?)
As I've said in various threads, I think the way to go will be using additives to prevent gelling (so the fuel remains pumpable, but would be able to clog restrictive points gradually), and heating to gradually warm it up to prevent clogging. Electric heating elements at the filter and fuel tank should work, but it would be more efficient to be able to use coolant based heaters. Perhaps both could be used, with the electric heat shutting off once the coolant has warmed up.I'd like to run B100 year round.
The trick for me (and I'm sure others) is that I don't have access to a plug at work (and random places I may park). This limits the effectiveness of just using a coolant heater that also warms the fuel lines/fuel tank. I would probably need an additional element that would use the battery to keep the fuel lines/filter and some amount of fuel flowing, or ungel them in a short period of time when I'm ready to drive.
But if someone offered a kit for a 2004 Jetta Wagon, I'd be very interested