Green Fuels Searching For The Ideal Green Fuel For Your Vehicle
When I began my search to find a greener, more environmentally
friendly fuel for my diesel vehicle, I spent a little time researching
the internet. As electric, wind and solar power are mere pipe dreams
for a car the
size of mine, I was left with only a few sensible choices.
So what fuel options are available for the green hearted?
- LPG is
an option for some, but the problem is its only suitable
for petrol engines. Plus it’s a byproduct of fossil fuels,
something often overlooked. more
info on LPG
- Biodiesel has received mixed
press. Now I am an advocate of Biodiesel, but self manufacture
is a terrifying
of the chemicals involved can be DEADLY,
plus again there are fossil fuels involved, so that became a
no starter for me. more
info on Biodiesel
- Electric vehicles have certainly come more to the for in the past few years and for me (battery manufacture asside), as long as your elecricity is sourced cleanly, this has to be the ultimate Green Fuel. Infinitely more efficient than combustion engines, electric is perhaps the ideal way to go. But converting to electricity is not cheap... let's be clear, it's down right expensive. You can buy an electric car cheaper than converting an existing one. But it's still my fantasy so I'll rant about that on a dedicated page here.
- Water – and no, I’m not kidding. Rumours still
abound the internet about the engine that’s been converted
to run on water. I’ll go for that option when my pet unicorn
drops off a pot of gold borrowed from a passing leprechaun…
- Vegetable oil. Obviously you've realised
by now that vegetable oil was my choice of preference. It's
a proven product as our European cousins have been using it for
years, plus it shines above the rest in terms of environmental
issues. For more details on why
vegetable oil appealed to me,
follow the link.
Vegetable Oil in a diesel engine?
According to modern history of the diesel engine, the creator
Rudolf Diesel apparently originally created his engine to run on
oil (peanut oil apparently) as it seems even back then in 1892
petrol prices were high (gasp, what a shocker). It's believed he
was a visionary and even then considered how the third world could
benefit producing crops for conversion to oil for vehicle use.
Theory states that even today a bulk standard diesel engine will
run very happily on vegetable oil. Hence I decided to covert my Toyota
Landcruiser to run on Vegetable Oil.