What is biofuel?

Biofuel is a renewable green alternative from 100% kerosene. It is made from organic matter and waste materials and can eliminate over 80% of net carbon dioxide emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels.

Biofuels are liquid fuels that are available in a range of different types. FAME and HVO are two types of biofuel currently being tried in the UK and Ireland. FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) is a waste derived biodiesel, created during the transesterification of cooking oils and animal fats. The end product includes a raw biodiesel suitable for blending with kerosene oil up to approximately 30%.

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is a 100% biofuel option and is suitable to fully replace existing fossil fuels. HVO feedstocks are generally rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, certified sustainable palm oil and non-food oils such as jatropha oil and algae oil as well as waste animal fats. Even more sustainable are waste and residue oils – both of which are now a substantial contributor to the feedstock.

 HVO is only now starting to become available on the Island of Ireland. Distributors include Nicholl Oil in Carryduff, Co. Down and Inver Energy in Blackpool, Co. Cork. 

 “The use of 100% HVO, can result in around 88% reduction in carbon emissions and using this or a percentage blend of HVO with kerosene, will enable rural and hard to heat homes to transition to a renewable green alternative from 100% kerosene at an affordable cost and minimum disruption to their home lives.” Grant Founder, Stephen Grant.