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.

How Used Cars Can Be Greener Than Hybrids

images (22)Used Vehicles and the Environment

There is perhaps no greater symbol for man’s relationship with the environment than that of the oilrig. The fact is, Americans are addicted to oil, along with the rest of the world. We use it for heating, energy, transportation, plastic, and a host of other necessities that make up nearly every part of modern life. So why would used cars be an environmental boon?

Hybrids

Many people look at the environmental crisis and are driven to buy a hybrid. These autos require less gasoline to operate because they also utilize electric batteries. However, most of them take an enormous amount of energy to build – on some estimates, in the neighborhood of one hundred million BTUs of energy, about the same as one thousand gallons of gasoline. That means that every new hybrid on the market has already driven the equivalent of nearly 50,000 miles or more, when you compare BTU usage.

Additionally, hybrids cause some serious problems when it comes to emissions. These vehicles run off of two engines, which raises production costs through the roof in terms of air quality. Plus, electric batteries are filled with dangerous chemicals, many of which are strip-mined in areas with less stringent environmental policies than the United States, a classic example of shifting-the-burden. It is estimated that many hybrids actually leave the environment worse off due to the material cost of transporting heavy batteries across the ocean on tankers. And, while plug-in autos sound like a good idea, the electricity used to power them comes from a coal plant, which can cause more pollution than gasoline, in the long run.

The Manufacturing Process

When considering the environmental impact of a car purchase, MPG is typically the first condition to come to mind. This is not an altogether misguided move, as the more efficient the car is, the less energy it will expend and the fewer pollutants it will release into the atmosphere. However, every new car takes energy to produce. This is true of traditional SUVs, plug-in electric vehicles, and hybrids.

Used Autos

Used cars, on the other hand, have already been produced, so they don’t add any new burden on the environment. This, of course, is especially true for well-maintained vehicles that already have great gas mileage. The environmental savings from buying a compact car with an MPG of around 35, for example, is immense. Many recent studies have shown that used cars are often a better environmental investment than a new hybrid, due simply to the lack of manufacturing cost and the efficiency of many late 90s and early 2000s commuter vehicles. At the end of the day, the rust bucket might win out over the shiny new hybrid, even with all the marketing in the world.

 

The Role of FGS-Double Wall Pipe in Meeting International Maritime Air Pollution Standards

download (69)The International Maritime Organization first created the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) in 1973. Since its introduction a number of modifications, improvements, and enhancements have been implemented. This has resulted in a variety of new technologies being implemented across all types of ships. One such technology is the FGS (Fuel Gas System) – double wall pipe.

Applicable International Maritime Organization Air Pollution Rules

The most recent is Annex VI Prevent of Air Pollution from Ships which entered into force in 2005. This particular regulation set limits on sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from ship exhausts. It also prohibits the deliberate omission of ozone-depleting substances. Designated emission control areas were also created to enforce more stringent standards for a variety of particulate matter. In 2011 the IMO adopted new groundbreaking mandatory technical and operational energy efficiency measures which will further reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

How Have These Rules Affected Ships?

Under the revised MARPOL Annex VI the global sulfur cap was reduced to 3.5% effective 2012. The goal is to progressively decrease the amount of sulfur 2.5% by 2020. The limits in ECAs force over oxide and particular matter were reduced to 1% beginning in 2010. It will continue to be further reduced to.1%, effective 2015.

Progressive reductions in nitrogen oxide emissions from marine diesel engines were included in the revision of MARPOL as well. A Tier II omission limit was created for engines installed on or after 1 January 2011. More stringent Tier III omission limits will be in place for any engines installed on or after January 1, 2016.

In order to meet these new omission limitations many ships are moving from Bunker C fuel to natural gas or gas. Bunker C fuel is essentially the residual oil left over after the lighter, more volatile products are distilled out of crude oil. These molecules are significantly larger and heavier which results in a significant amount of energy per unit of fuel. Unfortunately, since it is the final oil left over from the distilling process it has many more impurities including the sulfur and heavy metals. This leads to a notably higher rate of air particulate creation during combustion.

Why Quality FGS-Double Wall Pipes Are Critical:

Fire / Explosion Prevention and Leak Detection

To ensure ships meet fire safety regulations and engine rooms FGS-double wall pipes are used in ships utilizing natural gas. The double wall is necessary because pipe fractures would cause fuel to spray in a fine aerosol mist. It would then ignite on contact with any hot surrounding surface such as the exhaust pipe or turbocharger casing. The double-walled pipe is designed to ensure fuel will be contained in the annular space between the inner and outer wall which provides more time for leak detection. It will then drain into a collecting tank fitted with a high-level fuel leakage alarm.

Corrosion Protection

Another benefit of FGS-double wall pipe is corrosion protection. There are numerous elements which are highly corrosive that pipes are constantly exposed to when at sea. By utilizing a double wall design, the internal pipe garners an additional layer of protection against corrosion. While corrosion in the outer wall must be prevented, the corrosion will not lead to immediate leakage.

Lower Lifecycle Cost

An underrated benefit of FGS-double wall pipe is it has potentially a lower lifecycle cost for containment failure relative to single wall pipes. Containment failure costs include loss product, service interruption, lost production, cost of repair, environmental restoration, recommissioning, and potential intangible costs.

 

Q: Name of the Alligator That Swallows Your Money? A: THE GAS PUMP

images (23)Well, somebody is doing something about it. Pepsi saves an average of 3.3 million Dollars on gasoline costs every year. So, my congratulations go to Pepsi for saving 15% fuel, using HHO Technology on their vehicles. They installed HHO converter kits on their fleet of over 200 trucks that drive an average of 200.000 miles per year. By doing that, this fortune 500 company reduces emissions helping to keep air clean at the same time.

The good news is that you can do what Pepsi is doing. You can now install an HHO kit (extracts hydrogen from water) on your own vehicle and save between 15 and 60% cash on fuel. Depending on how well tuned your car is.

The truth is that the use of hydrogen as a fuel for engines in transportation vehicles is nothing new. Indeed, there is a way to permanently save money at the pump. The solution is very simple, economical and environmentally friendly. Just install a hydrogen converter kit on your automobile or truck. Hydrogen generators (extract hydrogen from water) have been used to power vehicles for many years already. As we all know water is the most abundant element on the Earth’s surface. As a matter of fact two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Thanks to this fact the global temperatures stay at a level convenient for our survival. Furthermore water has many other uses that I won’t mention here due to the lack of space. Nevertheless, I will touch a little bit on one more function of water.

Since ancient times water was used as a means of transportation. First people navigated the ocean and the rivers using oar boats. Then during the eighteenth century Robert Fulton experimented with the energy produced by hot water or steam. He followed the writings of other inventors of Europe. Three names come to mind. Denis Papin is accredited with the construction of the first steam boat in the early years of the eighteen century. Then Jonathan Hulls, in 1737 patented in Great Britain a slightly different type of boat, also powered by water steam. Finally in France Comte d’Auxiron launched yet another steam boat in 1774.

Water steam was the energy that also moved vehicles by land. In 1769 a French military engineer named Nicolas Joseph Cugnot built the first steam tractor. This self-propelled vehicle served to transport artillery for the Army at a speed of 2 ½ miles per hour.

Finally water brings another contribution to the transportation industry; hydrogen. The chemical formula of water is H20 (one part hydrogen and two parts oxygen.) Apparently it is more practical to work with hydrogen than with steam because hydrogen gas is manufactured instantly when stimulated by battery direct current inside the engine compartment of the vehicle. So, Hydrogen Fuel Cars started being manufactured in 1807. That year came out the first ‘Rivaz car’ designed by Francois Isaac de Rivaz of Switzerland – and 1986 was the last year the hydrogen cars were produced and exhibited in the Vancouver Transportation EXPO. Musashi 7 was a small truck with a four-stroke turbo engine that runs with liquid hydrogen. Since then without apparent reason the hydrogen car was seen no more.

 

Biodiesel and Sunflower Oil: What Do They Have In Common?

download (71)I’m sure during some conversation with your peers; you’ve had a discussion about biodiesel and what it is. You’ve probably also wondered what it is made of and how it is produced. And, if you really can use it in the car that you drive?

Biodiesel has been in the making for quite some number of years. So much research has been conducted and much trial and error has gone into making it. Due the dwindling resource that we use daily namely petrol and diesel, we have had to look to other sources for fuel. Not to mention the high costs of petrol and diesel nowadays.

How are we supposed to keep going if the fuel costs just keep increasing?

I remember back in the day when it took me only R300 to fill my tank of petrol, now it’s double that and it barely lasts me two weeks. So it’s quite a relief that biodiesel has advanced to the point where we could use it in our own cars and trucks. Remember, though that it is biodiesel so you can only use in a diesel engine vehicle; whether it is a car or truck. It will function just as well, though, in your truck as conventional diesel.

Biodiesel is made from used sunflower oil. Many restaurants and cafes use sunflower oil in bulk. They could use hundreds of litres of this sunflower oil in a day. Thus disposing of it is a mission for these restaurants. It is legally required that they dispose of it in an ethical and healthy manner. Biodiesel producers have identified this market and have thus turned this wasteful used sunflower oil into a valuable resource.

The biodiesel producers collect the used sunflower oil from the various restaurants and take it back to their factory where they convert the oil into a usable fuel resource that you can use in your truck. This is a great resource for truck fleet owners. You could purchase biodiesel in bulk at a low cost and power your fleet of trucks for long time.

So now you have a better idea of biodiesel is and what is made of. You can easily use in your diesel powered truck and save a lot of money while you’re at it. Be sure to buy in bulk so that you have enough biodiesel. This is also great way of saving as you can keep stock of it while you negotiate better rates for large quantities.

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.

Five Ways to Pass the Time at Electric Car Charging Stations

download (70)Electric car charging stations are an exciting invention of the modern era. The transition away from traditional fuels, like gasoline, towards electricity is reducing the emissions of fossil fuels and is generally cheaper for the consumer in the long run. This transition is both easy on the environment and our wallets, but if you have an electric car and need to charge up either on a road trip or at home, you might become frustrated with waiting. Change your perspective and use what you may refer to as wasted time, to enhance a part of your life.

Challenge Your Mind

Puzzles are a great stimulant for the mind. They can help with memory and stimulate you in a way that television can’t. Instead of watching videos or a movie on your phone, bring along a book of crossword or Sudoku puzzles. You’ll likely find them to be slightly addicting and may even notice an improvement in your cognitive abilities in day-to-day tasks and memory.

Learn a New Language

Many people wish they could conquer a new language, but feel they don’t have the time. Waiting at electric car charging stations for your vehicle to be fully powered provides the perfect opportunity to chip away at learning a new language. There are a multitude of books for sale that include grammar exercises and vocabulary lessons in every language. Who knows, it might even inspire a trip abroad later down the road.

Make Some Overdue Phone Calls

With the bustle of everyday life, it can sometimes be difficult to connect and catch up with loved ones on a regular basis. Waiting for your vehicle to charge opens up a perfect window of time to make an overdue phone call to a grandmother or an old college buddy. Since it may be difficult to find time in your regular day to make these phone calls, electric car charging stations will provide you the chance to reach out to loved ones and friends.

Start Your Memoir

Every person has a story to tell. A large number of adults talk about writing a novel or a memoir but can’t seem to find the time to actually sit down and write. Not only would waiting at electric car charging stations provide you with the time, you’ll be in a peaceful quiet place with hardly any distractions. There likely isn’t a better environment in which to embrace your creative side.

Take a Nap

Sleep is extremely important for maintaining good overall health, but most adults don’t get enough sleep these days. If you’re running low on beauty rest, take this opportunity to lean your seat back and close your eyes. A catnap will likely increase your attentiveness on the road and help you feel more balanced.

There are many ways to pass the time while you’re letting your car charge up. Consider unplugging from your mobile devices and reading a book, doing a puzzle or speaking with long lost friends or distant relatives.

 

Demand For Electric Vehicle Chargers Is Rising

download (68)Imagine the money savings if you never had to fill up your gas tank again. This is one of the prime advantages of an electric vehicle. However, this great convenience comes with two major drawbacks: an inability to travel long distances and long charging times. Even though public stations refill your battery at a much quicker rate than those designed for private use, many people find installing electric vehicle chargers at home and plugging in overnight is more convenient. Although a majority of rechargeable car owners will charge at their homes, public charging stations can actually increase a car’s daily travel range by allowing drivers to power up during working hours. In order for fleet drivers and consumers to effectively charge in public, these facilities must be integrated and consider the typical driving habits of daily commuters.

To bolster the EV market, workplaces and public destinations will need to implement electric vehicle chargers. Recently, a proposal was filed in California to build 25,000 of these service areas across northern and central California. Residential customers would only pay 70 cents per month to cover the costs of this program from 2018 to 2022. If approved, this will certainly be the largest deployment in the country. California currently leads the market for plug-in cars, housing 6,000 stations. Charging times vary, depending on the type of battery, how much energy it holds, and how depleted it is. Charging time can range from 15 minutes to hours, all dependent upon these factors.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Energy is implementing programs and projects nationwide to deploy workplace and other infrastructure charging stations. They realize these should be located in areas of highly concentrated vehicles where the vehicles remain parked for long periods of time, such as parking garages, hotels, shopping centers, airports, and businesses. The potential to allow drivers to boost their batteries while at work could double their daily feasible commuting range. The downside to this option is that doing this during peak hours could increase electricity demand, leading to higher electricity bills for the facility managers.

For corporations electing to incorporate electrical vehicles into their fleet operations, consideration must be taken when planning for these. Driving routes and availability of off-site public charging stations are all factors to consider when deciding upon the amount, location, and types of electric vehicle chargers. These businesses can work together with city planners, installers, and utility companies to determine the best locations. Zoning, code enforcements, and local parking ordinances all play individual roles in promoting EV-readiness in our communities.

Until public charging is widely accepted, here are a few tips for getting around in your rechargeable vehicle.

– Before embarking on your route, utilize a free finding tool to locate networks along your way so you are fully prepared should you need to recharge.

– There are currently about 2,000 free stations across the country. You can locate these using location tools as well.

– Some services use the term “station” loosely, identifying an individual charger as a station. This location will only have the capacity to charge one car at a time. Ensure you are prepared to move on to the next locale in the event this single spot is taken.