Sunflower Oil Instead of Diesel Use as Car Fuel? It Seems Possible.

Several Italian drivers talk about it in Italy: the latest generation diesel cars run with rapeseed fuel. Stocks have run out although using it as fuel could be recognized as tax fraud.

In the last few weeks, a significant disturbance in Italy has been happening. Many drivers have started using oil from rapeseed as fuel for your diesel vehicles last generation. Spread the word, stocks of this product have been sold out in the province of Trento and its sales have multiplied by ten in other regions of the country.

It also has been said that this type of oil can give good performance when used as a fuel, which also does not damage the engines and reduces pollution by up to 90%. By additive, it is considerably cheaper than using conventional fuel.

Until the FAO, Food and Agriculture Agency of the United Nations, which is based in Rome, has ruled on this and has stated its hope that these types of oils can be used in poor countries, which they have a great capacity to produce this oilseed.

Who does not seem so happy is the Italian government, which threatens to accuse who use rapeseed oil as a fuel for tax fraud, a crime that can carry high economic sanctions and even prison sentences. The Guard of Finance does not seem willing to stop entering huge amounts of money that the Italian State receives in the form of taxes on fuels. The reaction of the Italian government has been as rapid as excessive as, according to the experts, although the fraud detected is significant, the shortage of stocks of rapeseed oil would not allow a massive use of this as fuel.

But nevertheless, the authorities have made it clear what their way of dealing with the matter will be.

  • Confusion with Biodiesel

Although few media have echoed, the news has spread from considerable way through internet forums and there are even a few websites that explain how this oil should be used as fuel.

In most of these sites and in some of the information the oil has been confused about rapeseed with biodiesel. Therefore, rapeseed oil is given the same properties of biodiesel, which is known to produce 80% less than emissions than diesel derived from petroleum. Other well-known advantages of biodiesel are that it is degradable, so it produces 50% fewer particles and 75% less sulfur than traditional diesel fuel.

Although rapeseed oil can be used as raw material for manufacturing of biodiesel, a complex chemical process that makes the final product, and that without taking into account the high taxes imposed on all the fuels.

However, and as they have been determined to demonstrate many Italian drivers, by itself, said oil is able to run an engine, although the performance it offers is somewhat lower.

It can damage the engine, however, and according to the professor of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), José Aracil Mira, there is an even greater fallacy in everything that it is being told about rapeseed oil and, in the long run, it ends up destroying the engine.

Aracil Mira says that although a current diesel engine can function perfectly with vegetable oil for a considerable period of time, the highest viscosity of this type of substances (about 100 times higher than the of the biodiesel) “ends up producing irreparable damage to the mechanics of the vehicle.”

What many Italian users are doing is the same as what from the seventies are trying to get some scientists who have been working on the modification of diesel engines so that they can work with unmodified vegetable oil or, as it is called in English, SVO (Straight Vegetable Oil).

But this new technology is not yet available as it poses problems that they are still far from being overcome.

Biofuels are used in many countries, such as Germany or Brazil, for a large number of vehicles, especially those dedicated to public transport.

Many experts consider them the fuel of the future, but, for the moment, their elaboration also poses a serious problem since, for their production in the quantities that would be needed, it would be necessary to devote considerably larger cultivation areas than those available today.

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