The Link Between Used Sunflower Oil and Biodiesel

download (73)Biodiesel is still a relatively new concept to most people. Although research on this subject has been going on for quite a number of years, not much has been promoted to the general public as to how it is made and how it works. Generally, it is accepted that biodiesel is a natural form of fuel, but what is it that makes it a natural fuel source?

There is a direct link between oil made from sunflower seeds and biodiesel. Bottled sunflower oil is used daily in the food industry and in most households. What many people don’t realise is that restaurants and cafes use many litres of sunflower oil daily and due to legal restrictions in health and safety, they have to dispose of all used oil in a responsible manner. The oil cannot just be dunked down the drain as this will cause the drain to get clogged. And it is not advised to dispose of it over plants as this could poison the plants and the soil which can make it a harmful environment for people and pets. Restaurants and cafes must make use of a reputable used oil collector who will collect all the used oil from their premises and dispose of it in a proper and ethical manner. In terms of disposal methods, this was mostly the case in the past where oil collectors had to find natural, healthy and safe ways to dispose of the used oil. Nowadays, the collectors will collect the oil and deliver it to fuel companies that are able to convert the used sunflower oil into biodiesel.

Biodiesel manufacturers use complex purifying and conversion processes that takes ordinary used oil and converts it into a natural form of fuel. This type of natural fuel can be used in trucks and cars, or any vehicle that runs on diesel fuel. You can simply substitute your current diesel fuel with biodiesel. With biodiesel being manufactured locally, it costs a lot less for consumers to purchase it so they will save much on their monthly fuel bill.

In conclusion, this is the link between used sunflower oil and biodiesel. Biodiesel is made from used sunflower oil. Using a strict conversion process, the oil is converted into a natural form of fuel that can power any diesel engine. In addition, you are also ensuring that oil is responsibly disposed of and recycled. Therefore, you are saving money on your fuel bill but also saving the planet by making use of recycled materials.

Our core focus at Golden Fry is to provide specially customized cooking products and services to Restaurants, Take-Aways, Food Manufacturers, Caterers, Wholesalers, Supermarkets and Spaza Shops. We are an approved used oil collector that supplies Biodiesel to businesses.

Top Tips for Fuel Efficient Driving

download (72)Today, people need more fuel efficient vehicles. The automobile industry is booming, petrol prices are steadily hiking, and global warming is taking a turn for the worst- as a consumer with multiple choices and responsibilities to keep in mind while driving, here are our top tips for fuel efficient driving.

· The way you drive can make the biggest difference to how much fuel you save or waste. Remember, its a car, not a battering ram, so don’t hit the brakes on your vehicle with force. Stopping and starting time and again eat away at your fuel in an enormous capacity. Aim for smooth and steady drives.

· If your vehicle uses a manual gearbox, try to shift into the highest gear as early as possible for maximal fuel efficiency. Driving in a lower gear than necessary consumes fuel more quickly, as a rule. Power options tend to ease the car into lower gears, so evade them as far as possible.

· Your money’s turning into thin air! Avoid fuel evaporation by screwing the gas cap onto your car very securely after filling the tank and by parking in the shade to prevent overheating- this also reduces the necessity for air conditioning. If winters are frosty where you live, you can use a block heater when temperatures fall below -20 degrees Celsius, to keep your engine oil and coolant heated.

· Don’t let your car idle. Yes, the traffic light will go green at any moment, but a significant portion of fuel will burn away while you wait for it. Turn off your ignition if you’re waiting outside someone’s home, or in front of the supermarket.

· Avoid speeding at all costs- not only might you have a nasty run in with the law, but upwards of 75-90 miles/h, your car may use up to 25% more fuel than if you stick to the speed limit or stay below 65 miles/h.

· Your tires are big contributors to the way your car treats fuel. Tires inflated to the correct pressure level and low-resistance tires (eco-friendly tires are built to reduce rolling resistance) provide a quantifiable advantage in fuel efficiency. For every increment of underinflation equal to 5% of the ideal pressure in a car’s tires, there is a 1% reduction in the vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

· Try to avoid channelling power and thus fuel to components you aren’t using, or don’t necessarily require. For example, a mini fridge, television console, boombox, or even the air conditioning.

· Get your car in the workshop for servicing at the recommended times. If your air filters are unclean, if your engine oil has been unchanged for over 5000 miles, or if your engine is poorly tuned, your fuel economy could be in trouble.

· Make sure you haven’t rendered your car un-aerodynamic with any unwieldy accessories on the outside. These create drag that slows your car down and causes depletion in fuel efficiency. Drag is also created by leaving windows open when driving at high speeds and weighing your car down by filling up the trunk with unnecessary junk. Toss it

· The most obvious way to economize on fuel would be to drive less. Learn to navigate in a way, that saves time and distance travelled, and try to anticipate traffic jams and road blockages- for example, in the cases of heavy rains or festivals.

Is Biodiesel Fuel Part of Our Future

images (25)With our depleting oil resources becoming more of a reality due to our heavy consumption of fuel in our vehicles and the growing number of vehicles in the world, we are searching for other methods of refuelling our cars. There are different energy sources that are being researched such as the use of electricity to replace fuel in our cars and biodiesel which is made of used sunflower oil.

What does the future hold for us? We use our fuel resources so often that the planet cannot keep up with our increasing demand. Electricity is good fuel resource but it is also one that is depleting so much that we have to find other methods of generating electricity. Electricity generating methods include that of hydro energy and solar power. Both are great natural resources that are constantly available. Biodiesel is the other fuel resource that is already being used in certain vehicles as an alternative to diesel fuel. Biodiesel fuel is produced after much used sunflower oil is collected from various restaurants, cafés and households. The sunflower oil is then put through a process of conversion in order to make it suitable as a fuel source for our diesel vehicles. Such vehicles don’t have to convert their engines to use biodiesel. They simply replace the standard diesel with the new biodiesel when refilling their fuel tanks and drive on as usual. This makes it much easier for the vehicle owner to convert to biodiesel as their daily activities are not affected and there are no additional costs of converting the vehicle. All you have to do is find a supplier nearby that you could purchase bulk biodiesel from and you can continue on your merry way. You can find a supplier by searching online for one that is within your area. The cost of this type of fuel is also much lower than the standard diesel because it is usually produced within your country so there are no extra import costs associated with the fuel. Thus the suppliers can keep the costs low and very competitive versus conventional diesel.

There is a future for biodiesel fuel and it will become part of our lives as we replace it with the new fuel. This is already happening today as there are biodiesel fuel suppliers that convert the sunflower oil and have a ready-to-use product on the market. There are certain companies that are already running their fleet of trucks on biodiesel. So the answer is yes, biodiesel is a part of our future. It is part of our present.

Our core focus at Golden Fry is to provide specially customized products and services to Restaurants, Take-Aways, Food Manufacturers, Caterers, Wholesalers, Supermarkets and Spaza Shops. We are an approved used oil collector that supplies Biodiesel to businesses.

Our Range includes: Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Soya Oil and Blended Oil.


How to Recondition Batteries So They Can Be Re-Used?

images (24)First a word of caution. Batteries are filled with different type of chemicals. So, before you embark on reconditioning them learn to handle them with care. Modern batteries are much more environment friendly than they were a few decades ago, still they contain several dangerous and corrosive elements. If you hurt yourself or spill the mix on your skin, seek medical help immediately. Wear protective goggles, eyewear and clothing when handling this stuff.

Our homes are littered with devices and gadgets that run on batteries. Take a look inside your mobile phone or laptop or tablet or camera. They all have a battery pack that needs to be charged periodically to keep the devices running. Over time the batteries get weaker and run out. People mistakenly think that their chargers are to blame and buy replacement chargers. The problem is most likely with the old batteries. Due to repeated use their capacity to recharge goes down and eventually they are hardly able to hold charge. This makes it very inconvenient as mobile phones and tablets needs frequent charging to work.

Batteries make life so much more easy. You don’t have to bother with annoying cables or messy wiring. Once charged phones and cameras can run for hours without need for recharge. With batteries in place power tools no longer need to be manipulated around long power cables. Batteries make many devices portable. There is no need for you to be hooked to a wire or nearest power outlet. You have the freedom to use gadgets anywhere you want.

Over time the battery life goes down. Reconditioning rundown batteries can make them work longer. They develop a memory effect. Reconditioning helps remove this effect. To do this you need to know the charge capacity of the battery. Once this is accurately determined it is easy to know to what extent improvement are needed. Without having accurate measurement of charge capacity you won’t have an idea how much improvement to make.

When you make an effort to recondition batteries and reuse them you are making positive contribution to the environment because batteries happen to one of the most polluting things on earth as they contain so many toxic and dangerous chemicals in them. Also, you will save money by reconditioning old batteries. Take for instance car and scooter batteries, batteries used in solar power generating units and for power backup. All these batteries cost a tidy sum. If batteries are reconditioned and reused you don’t have to pay for new replacements.