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Can you use biodiesel in generator?
Factors to consider

By Srinivas Chowdary Sunkara // petrobazaar // 24th July, 2019.

Biodiesel is non petroleum based diesel fuel especially extracted from various non-edible oil seeds. Biodiesel has properties similar to petroleum diesel with an advantage of having ultra sulphur contents & better lubricating properties. Biodiesel is environment-friendly, non-toxic, exhibits high flash point & reduces harmful exhaust emissions. 


Power generation though generator systems in areas where there are very strict emission control may wish to consider the adoption of biodiesel as an alternative competitive fuel to traditional petroleum based diesel fuel. Mahindra Powerol launched B100 Biodiesel generator sets for the Indian market. 


The increased lubricating properties of biodiesel will reduce wear of fuel injection equipment and extend the life of the engine. 

Biodiesel fuel has the highest BTU value of any alternative fuel, falling between the range of No.1 and No.2 diesel fuel. 

There is no noticeable reduction in power performance with the use of B20. Biodiesel help to reduce the carbon emission and clean the engine especially the piston.


Reviewing the warranty documentation and checking with the manufacturer as the using the fuel outside of the recommendations may void warranty.

Changing the fuel filter after the first 20 hours of use and every 100 hours there after is advised. Seals and hoses may need to be replaced as and when demanded. 

It is advisable to use additives that can extend the fuel performance and storage life.

For more information please visit the national biodiesel board website

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