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Soy Biodiesel


With the nation’s fifth largest soybean production, good transportation infrastructure and proximity to consumers, Indiana is well-positioned to be a leader in soy biodiesel production and usage. In fact, Indiana is home to the world’s largest integrated soy biodiesel plant, Louis Dreyfus in Claypool, Ind.

Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources, such as soybeans. Soy biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. Soy biodiesel is simple to use and biodegradable.

ISA's objective is to support the biodiesel industry in Indiana. Building demand for soy biodiesel stimulates demand for soybean oil largely from Indiana soy processing facilities. This means stronger demand for Indiana soybeans. ISA also invests dollars to increase the awareness of soy biodiesel through its mechanics training and educational Soy Biodiesel Chemistry Kit – free to Indiana teachers.

Biodiesel Facts


  • Indiana has 5 biodiesel plants with a combined capacity of more than 100 million gallons of biodiesel.
  • In Indiana, 289 million pounds of soybean oil from Indiana soybeans goes to producing biodiesel.
  • Indiana is home to the world’s largest integrated soy biodiesel facilityLouis Dreyfus in Claypool, Ind.
  • According to the National Biodiesel Board, the United States set a record in 2011, producing 1.1 billion gallons of biodiesel (Renewable Fuels Standard – RFS – only requires 800 million gallons).
  • A recent economic study commissioned by National Biodiesel Board found that biodiesel production of 1 billion gallons supports:
  • More than $2.1 billion in household income.
  • 39,027 jobs across the country
  • An additional 11,698 jobs could be added between 2012 and 2013 under continued growth in the RFS and with an extension of the biodiesel tax incentive.
  • Soybean farmers can expect increased biodiesel production demand to increase average soybean prices 58 cents per bushel by 2015.

Soy Biodiesel is…

  • A high-lubricity fuel for use in existing, unmodified diesel engines. Adding a 2% blend of soy biodiesel to No. 2 diesel increases lubricity by 66%, according to High frequency reciprocating rig test completed by Stanadyne Automotive Corp.
  • Safe for your engine. Soy biodiesel cannot be overdosed. By contrast, some multifunctional additive packages that increase lubricity can be overdosed, causing filter, fuel system and injector problems. Using soy biodiesel in existing diesel engines does not void parts and materials workmanship warranties of any engine manufacturer.
  • A proven fuel. Forty million successful on-road miles demonstrate using diesel fuel with a 2% or higher blend of soy biodiesel increases lubricity and decreases equipment wear.
  • A key way to expand soybean usage. A 2% blend in all U.S. on-road diesel could use the soybean oil from nearly 500 million bushels of soybeans, which is almost double Indiana’s crop.

The National Biodiesel Board has also created numerous fact sheets pertaining to the usage, production, purchasing, health, and environmental factors of biodiesel.

Biodiesel FAQ 


Using Biodiesel


Fuel Quality

  • For fuel to be sold as biodiesel it must meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard D6751. This specification covers biodiesel fuel blend stock, B100 for use as a blend component with diesel fuel. Find out more.

Vehicle Fuel Costs

  • Biodiesel is cost competitive with traditional petroleum diesel fuel. Source: U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Biodiesel blended fuel demonstrates similar fuel economy as petroleum diesel fuel. Source: National Biodiesel Board.
  • Biodiesel’s higher lubricity content reduces engine wear and improves component life, which tends to lower maintenance costs. Source: Crimson Renewable Energy.

Engine Fuel Performance

  • Biodiesel provides the highest energy balance of any alternative fuel.
  • Biodiesel offers significantly improved lubricity.
  • Biodiesel demonstrates similar fuel economy, horsepower and torque as petroleum diesel.

National Biodiesel Board has also created numerous fact sheets pertaining to the usage of biodiesel.

Source: National Biodiesel Board.


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