Israelis develop innovative biodiesel product

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A small Israeli alternative energy company has managed to develop a biodiesel fuel with all the benefits of current biodiesel fuels, but without the added cost and headache of having to fit older vehicles with special processing devices.

Ormat CEO Yehudit “Dita“ Bronicki told Israel21c that her company's product “has the same features as conventional diesel, but that can be used in engines with a concentration of 100 percent biodiesel and without changing anything in the car.”

Biodiesel is usually made of soy or canola oil, making it a cheap and renewable source of energy. But the prohibitive cost of buying a new car equipped to process the fuel or retrofitting an older vehicle to do the same means that even in countries where biodiesel is already available, like the US, most people are still using conventional fuels.

Bronicki believes that her new biodiesel is the answer to bringing bio-energy to the masses, as it can be used in any existing diesel vehicle without modification.

In addition to providing cheap fuel in a time of ever increasing gas prices, Ormat's biodiesel could also help both the US and Israel drastically reduce their dependency on foreign oil imports.

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