Ethanol is also known as grain alcohol. It can be derived from any plant material that contains starch or sugar. It is created in a similar manner to beverage alcohol, but it is denatured to prevent human consumption.
Like gasoline, Ethanol contains hydrogen and carbon molecules. It also contains oxygen molecules, which makes it cleaner burning. Any material that contains starch or sugar can be used to create Ethanol.
Zarco USA offers 4 blends of Ethanol at our retail Earth Friendly Fuel station at 9th and Iowa in Lawrence.
Biodiesel molecule is a vegetable oil molecule with the glycerol removed. Chemically, Biodiesel is defined as a mono-alkyl ester of vegetable oil.
Biodiesel is NOT the same as raw vegetable oil or straight vegetable oil. Diesel engines actually can operate on straight vegetable oil as a fuel. Rudolf Diesel’s first compression-ignition (Diesel) engine introduced in 1895 used peanut oil as its fuel. But don’t try this today. Modern engines will run, but not very long on oil not prepared for modern diesel engines.
Zarco USA Earth Friendly Fuel sells only commercially produced Biodiesel that meets ASTM D6751 specification.