Deep Fried Fuel
In recent years, gas prices have soared and public knowledge of dangerous carbon emissions has grown dramatically.
This has lead to many innovative solutions such as ethanol, natural gas, and even garbage as a replacement for petrol fuels.
But what may be less well known is the use
of deep fried vegetable oil or grease as fuel for many modified vehicles.
With this technology, finding fuel has the potential to become as easy as finding a deep fryerVehicles that run on vegetable oil start out as regular diesel engines. This of course is the result of the diesel engines lesser known vegetarian roots.
One of the first fusions of diesel engines and vegetable oil happened far from the Exxon Mobil gouging of the United States.
Instead it began in South Africa with a man
named Carl Bielenberg who founded the Better World Workshop. Among many other projects, Bielenberg, who is a trained engineer, developed a system that allowed diesel generators to run on the local supply of vegetable oil.
This piqued the interest of a young man named Justin Carven who took Bielenberg's technology back to the United States and later formed his company Greasecar, which is now a leader in the field, and is selling
conversion kits online for both trucks
and cars with diesel engines.
For a long time these engines were not
financially effective, because the price
of vegetable oil was held artificially
high by farm subsidies. For example, in 1999 a gallon of diesel would cost on average one dollar, whereas fresh vegetable oil was close to three times that amount.
This posed a problem to many developers and proponents of the engines until author Josh Tickell released his book "From the Fryer to
the Fuel Tank." The book stated that it was possible to run straight waste oil as bio-diesel.
However, this only lead to more problems as Tickell also made light of the fact that any kind of vegetable oil, was probably too thick, and would clog injectors, and although it may be working well on tractors it was not something that one would not
want to put in "your mothers beloved
However this did not stop innovators who began designing solutions to the problem, and eventually found a way to make it easier for the injectors to pass the grease through.
In some kits this is made possible by a coil that heats the tank of grease while the engine warms up on diesel. After the grease is properly solidified, the driver can then use a switch to transfer from diesel to the alternative fuel.
Greasecar kits and other kits like them cost on average $500 to $850 for cars and $850 to $1,200 for trucks are very affordable in comparison to how much a driver may spend on diesel fuel in an entire year. People who attain these kits find themselves filling up on as little as a monthly basis with regular
In addition to this many have found it possible to acquire their grease for free either through fast-food restaurants, or
even elementary school cafeterias.
With the amount of money saved as well as the positive impact on the environment these machines become more and more practical with each passing day, month, and year.