Biodiesel Basics

Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel, or B100, contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. Soy biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine without modifications.

Fuel Made Better

Increased fuel lubricity, domestic production, reduced greenhouse gasses – no matter how you look at it, soy biodiesel is simply fuel made better.


Your Engine
Diesel engines benefit from soy biodiesel blends. As many diesel users know, federal government requirements for ultra-low sulfur diesel reduce the lubricity of petroleum diesel. Because soy biodiesel has a higher fuel lubricity, it can decrease engine wear that can shorten your engine's life or lead to equipment downtime. Just a 2 percent biodiesel blend, called B2, can improve fuel lubricity by 66 percent. Soy biodiesel offers the highest energy content among renewable fuels and demonstrates similar fuel economy, horse power and torque as petroleum diesel.

Your Environment
Made with renewable, U.S. soybeans, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70 percent. In fact, biodiesel represents one of the best carbon-reduction strategies available with today’s vehicle technologies. The ozone (smog) forming potential of pure biodiesel hydrocarbons is 50 percent less than that of petroleum diesel fuel. And biodiesel uses only about 3 percent of the nation’s soybeans, leaving the rest for food and feed.

Your Community
Soy biodiesel benefits communities across the country, even in Oklahoma. Made with soybeans grown and refined right here in the United States, biodiesel stimulates rural and urban economies by generating jobs. Domestic fuel production keeps money in America that otherwise would have been spent on foreign oil and reduces U.S. dependency on foreign oil.

Fueled by the Soybean Checkoff


The soybean checkoff helped develop soy biodiesel during the 1990s, and today the checkoff focuses on increasing use and availability of biodiesel. These efforts continue to pay off. In 2004, the biodiesel industry sold 25 million gallons of pure biodiesel. By 2008, production surged to almost 700 million gallons. Thanks in part to soybean checkoff funding, biodiesel is one of the most tested renewable fuels on the market, tested on millions of on- and off-road miles. The checkoff continues to support biodiesel, creating the potential for continued demand for soy oil. Today, nearly half of all soybean farmers use a biodiesel blend, but there's still room to grow. If every farmer and rancher used B2, a 2 percent blend of soy biodiesel, it would use almost 48 million bushels of soybeans every year.

Ask for it, Use it


The Oklahoma Soybean Board encourages all soybean farmers to ask for and use soy biodiesel in diesel equipment. They’re your soybeans–put them to work for you.