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Hemp fuels- Environmentally friendly fuel sources
We are talking about Hemp Bio-diesel.
WARNING DO NOT put Hemp biodiesel or any other diesel or biodiesel fuel in a Gasoline engine. This will ruin a gasoline engine!!
The basics: Hemp can provide two types of fuel.
1. Hemp biodiesel – made from the oil of the (pressed) hemp seed.
2. Hemp ethanol/methanol – made from the fermented stalk.
To clarify further, ethanol is made from such things as grains, sugars, starches, waste paper and forest products, and methanol is made from woody/pulp matter. Using processes such as gasification, acid hydrolysis and enzymes, hemp can be used to make both ethanol and methanol.
Although the most common meathod of making fuel from vegtivle oil is the Ethanol which uses ore of the plant, The process takes other ingredients and takes longer to make than pure Hemp biodiesel. For purposes of this blog / episode, I am going to focus on Hemp Biodiesel, which is the oil you get from the pressed hemp seed.
Climate change and oil spills such as the one in the gulf by BP and the big scare of todays climetologists. Green House gasses. They say we are releasing too much green house gas into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. Whats wrong with regular diesel? Petro Diesel is made from crude oil. This oil is taken from deep underground. This oil was made by plants and animals that has been decomposed for thousands to maybe millions of years. This is carbon that was in other living things, now turned to oil, and now we are releasing that carbon and other things back into the atmosphere. it’s more important than ever to promote sustainable alternatives such as hemp ethanol and biodiesel. Bio-diesel is made from oils and fatty acids in plants and animals
. Now Why Hemp Bio fuel?
Hemp biodiesel is a carbon negative fuel. You can grow the plants in 3-6 months which capure carbon when it is growing. The oil can be made into bio-fuel by using a cold press method and the emmisions from burning the hemp does not equal the carbon that was captured by the plant when it was growing. Industrial Hemp can be grown for many things. The seed oil can be used for bio-diesel, and the discarded seed can be used in animal feed, and other products. The stalks have thousands of products that can be made from them. What is not used can be put back into the soild as nutrients for the next planting or made into biochar, which can be made into other products.So none of the plant is wasted.
Hemp turns out to be the most cost-efficient and valuable of all the fuel crops we could grow on a scale that could fuel the world.Hemp is a negative net carbon fuel.
And as it turns out, the whole reason for hemp prohibition – was greed by the oil companies, paper companies and DuPont. Also may have been the realization that OIL production is threatened by any competing fuel source, especially one that requires no modifications to your car!
What is Hemp Biodiesel?
Hemp biodiesel is the name of fuels made from hemp oil. Dr. Rudolf Diesel developed the first diesel engine to run on vegetable oil back in1895, when Diesel demonstrated his engine at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900, using peanut oil as fuel. Even Henry Ford built his first cars to run on Bio-diesel. Hemp biodiesel comes from the pressing of the hemp seeds to extract the oil. “At one-time hemp seemed to have a promising future as a cornerstone of industry. When Rudolph Diesel produced his famous engine in 1896, he assumed that the diesel engine would be powered by a variety of fuels, especially vegetable and seed oils. Rudolph Diesel, like most engineers then, believed vegetable fuels were superior to petroleum. Hemp is the most efficient vegetable. In the 1930s the Ford Motor Company also saw a future in biomass fuels. Ford operated a successful biomass conversion plant, that included hemp, at their Iron Mountain facility in Michigan. Ford engineers extracted methanol, charcoal fuel, tar, pitch, ethyl-acetate and creosote. All fundamental ingredients for modern industry and now supplied by oil-related industries.” Hugh Downs, 1990
How is Hemp biodiesel made?
There is a simple method with just cold pressing the hemp seed and draining the oil into a container, then this oil can be poured straight into
the engine. How long the engine wll last with this method I do not know. Could be months, could be years, could be indefinately. But people say it causes your engine to last longer because of the natural lubricants that are present in the oil.
However this in not recomended when the weather is cold. Pure Hemp bio fuel has particulates that can gel in colder weather, so using in winter is not a good idea. Unless you have higher temeratures during the winter months.
Hemp biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, renewable oilseed crops such as hemp. With over 30 million successful U.S. road miles hemp biodiesel could be the answer to our cry for renewable fuel sources. Learning more about renewable fuels does not mean we should not cut back on consumption but does help address the environmental affects of our choices. There is more to hemp as a renewable fuel source than you know.
The MPG of Hemp biodiesel depends on your vehicle manufacturer and engine specs. However, you can ease your mind, that you are not putting more harmful emmissions into the atmosphere.
Here is a video of people using theis method.
Why Hemp Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine.
It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored. Hemp fuel is safe to handle and transport because it is as biodegradable as sugar, 10 times less toxic than table salt, and has a high flashpoint of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flash point of 125 F.
Hemp fuel can be made from domestically produced, renewable hemp. You don’t need a big factory to make it. You can make it yourself.
Hemp fuel is a proven fuel with over 30 million successful US road miles, and over 20 years of use in Europe.
When burned in a diesel engine, Hemp fuel replaces the exhaust odor of petroleum diesel with the pleasant smell of hemp, popcorn or french fries.
Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel in the US to complete EPA Tier I Health Effects Testing under section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act, which provide the thorough inventory of environmental and human health effects attributes that current technology will allow.
Biodiesel is 11% oxygen by weight and contains no sulfur.
The use of biodiesel can extend the life of diesel engines because it is more lubricating than petroleum diesel fuel, while fuel consumption, auto ignition, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel.
Less greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., B20 reduces CO2 by 15%)