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Why choose Biodiesel?

  • One of the great advantages of biodiesel is that it can be used in existing diesel engines, vehicles and infrastructure with no engine modifications.


HomeQuestions and Answers

Is it easy to make your own biodiesel?
Making biodiesel with the Fuelpod® is no more difficult than making home-brew wine, or beer. We provide full operating instructions, comprehensive training, and a Technical Support telephone helpline for those making their first batches of fuel. We also emphasise care in the oil testing and every step of the production process to ensure that the fuel you make is of a consistently high quality. 

What do I need to make biodiesel? 
You’ll need an efficient processor, titration testing kit and methanol in addition to sodium methylate, or caustic soda. We can also supply storage tanks, containers, delivery pumps and any other items you might need.

Can I use biodiesel in my car/van/lorry and will it affect its performance?
Matayo Biofuels customers can use biodiesel at blends of up to 100% in any diesel vehicle and its performance will not be affected as long as you have followed the correct procedures. The quality of the biodiesel you make is only as high as the care taken in the process. Unlike those using other systems, our customers become well aware of the importance of the correct and safe testing of oils, chemicals, and fuel.

Problems can occur if the testing of oil is either carried out incorrectly (or worse, not done at all), when residue glycerol and methanol can block injectors and filters, damage pump parts and cause ‘gumming’. Adherence to correct procedures will ensure that this doesn’t arise.

Biodiesel works well in any diesel engine with little or no modification to the fuel system. In fact, using biodiesel can prolong your engine’s life by as much as 50% over traditional fossil fuel because it leaves virtually no carbon deposits, therefore reducing friction and abrasion.

As biodiesel has a solvent effect, it cleans the engine internally and releases deposits that have accumulated in fuel tanks and pipes from previous diesel storage. These deposits may clog your filters when you initially switch to biodiesel, so we recommend they be changed after a week of initial use. 

Will biodiesel make my car smell like a chip shop?
No, correctly made biodiesel has no smell when used. This misconception has arisen because some people have been pouring unused vegetable oil straight into their vehicle’s fuel tank, equipped with a pre-heater. As well as the smell, this causes gumming and engine blockage. It is also not cost-effective as a pre-heater conversion only enables that single vehicle to run on vegetable oil, whereas biodiesel can save you money in any diesel vehicle, with no need for engine modification.

Can methanol damage pipes and pumps?
As biodiesel has a slightly higher solvent action than diesel from a garage, it can cause damage to the rubber fuel lines and pump sealing components that were used in vehicles manufactured before 1995 and use with vehicles of that age is therefore not recommended. There is no such problem in any vehicle made since 1995 – which use synthetic compounds.

Where can I get oil to convert to fuel?
In most cases a local restaurant, chip shop, or works canteen will be happy to give you their waste vegetable oil to make biodiesel, since they would otherwise have to pay to dispose of it.
Oil and Chemicals
If you are a registered Matayo Biofuels customer, you can buy your chemicals to produce biodiesel from us directly.
The Fuelpod®2 uses ion exchange resin to purify the fuel. This self-contained system uses very small quantities of consumables making it safe and cost effective. Fuelpod®1 uses water and air bubbling to ‘wash’ the fuel.

How do I dispose of the glycerine produced as a by-product from the process?
Glycerine is produced as a by-product at a (near constant) rate of up to 20% per volume of feedstock oil. It is usually composted, but can also be stored and taken away by companies who deliver it for re-processing at facilities in the pharmaceutical industry. These facilities process the material at very high temperatures to produce industrial grade glycerine. Under no circumstances should it be burned, as it gives off toxic gases - including Acrolein .



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