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PIA Press Release
2007/09/13

Coco-biodiesel: Environment–friendly renewable diesel fuel for Agusanons

by Jerose M. Nebato

Agusan del Sur (September 13) -- The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) recently introduced coconut biodiesel as an environment-friendly renewable diesel fuel for vehicles.

Basically, according to PCA Provincial Manager Ramon Barbosa, biodiesel is a chemically modified vegetable oil which exhibits properties similar to diesel fuel. It is a non-toxic, far better than salt which is ten times more toxic and it is organic in nature.

Coconut biodiesel (CBD) is a methyl ester derived from coconut oil. Chemically, it is called methyl ester or CME. It is produced by the etherification of coconut oil and alcohol in the presence of a base catalyst.

According to Director Lorneto Orellaneda, Regional Manager III- PCA and Worldwide Coordinator of the PCA Project, coconut biodiesel is engine friendly. It has high solvency and lubricity, hence less wear and tear to the engines. It has naturally high certain number, hence good engine ignition and combustion. It has lower heating value, hence less engine overheating.

According to Barbosa, this environment-friendly biodiesel also reduces air pollution. It reduces vehicle emission because it improves engine combustion being oxygenated. It does not contain sulfur, it also mitigates global warming, because it reduces CO2 and other toxic emissions. It is also biodegradable.

With this new technology, Agusanons can afford of its price because the raw materials is abundant in our place and available throughout the year.

The Philippine Coconut Authority wishes every Agusanons to appreciate the new technology for it is safe to handle and store because of its high flash point and non-toxic.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on the other hand, supports all effort to develop alternative fuels to cut down fossil fuel imports, further boost earth-friendly vehicle emissions, and provide employment and livelihood opportunity to rural communities. (PIA-Agusan del Sur) [top]

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