Navy Filling Station Offers Biodiesel to Public

Nov. 19: Source – Capitol Online

Biodiesel Pump

Fuel pumps run by the Navy at an Annapolis, Md. facility are now offering biodiesel to both Navy personnel and the general public. The move is in accord with a Navy directive to get more of its vehicles, especially trucks, to run on biodiesel. Making the alternative fuel available to civilians expands the Navy’s stance on the eco-friendly and energy security benefits of the biofuel.

Biodiesel can only be used in vehicles with diesel engines. In almost all respects, biodiesel is a cleaner burning fuel source than petroleum-based diesel, reducing emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, particulates, and carbon dioxide, a key contributor to global warming. Furthermore, biodiesel can be produced domestically, displacing imported petroleum. But the big problem with biodiesel has been availability. There are approximately 180,000 gas stations in the United States. Fewer than 1,000 offer commercial biodiesel. The Navy Exchange is the only source of biodiesel in the greater Annapolis area.

The fuel available at the Naval pumps is a biodiesel blend called “B20.” It is a mixture of 20 percent soy-based biodiesel and 80 percent regular diesel. Aside from offering some of the reduced emission benefits of pure biodiesel, B20 is also able to compete on cost with regular diesel fuel. It currently costs about a nickel more per gallon.

Since the biodiesel blend went on sale in mid-October, the station has sold 900 gallons. That’s not even a drop in the bucket, but does indicate a larger movement underway. “We try to be on the forefront of new stuff," said Wyatt Hill, general manager of the Annapolis gas station. "We’re trying to get people to go green."


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  • Old Man Crowder

    What a great idea. I wish more government organizations would do this.

    I’m curious, though… I’m pretty sure the temperatures in Maryland can dip below freezing. I guess they’re not concerned with the “bio” portion congealing in the cold?

  • Max Reid

    How much does it cost, if it costs more than Petro-Diesel, no one is going to buy. Already Diesel is at record high.

    But definitely mass production will bring cost down.

  • Gary E, Fassauer

    EVery little bit helps.

  • Gerald Shields

    Looks like someones, looking to get rid of that used grease the mess hall is making. Great idea though.

  • j.eagle

    Since it is B20, a 20% mixture with regular petro diesel it will not congeal.

  • Wes

    While it’s always good to get more stations selling, that’s the exhaustive list.

    and if interested, here’s one for E85

  • kelly

    Can any diesel engine run on biodiesel-such as a farm tractor?

  • test

    it always says wrong security code even though I check it 3 times and I KNOW It’s right!!!!!!

  • N. Hawkins

    Wouldn’t it have been more sensible for the Navy to purchase B100 and add it to their fuel oil, powering their ships, starting with quantities of say, 1MM gallons a quarter?

    That would sure do a heckova lot more for conservation efforts than selling 900 gallons of B20 at some hard-to-use station.

    N. Hawkins, Dover, Ohio