What Is Ethyl Levulinate?

Date: August 23, 2022

It’s One of the Latest Breakthroughs in Biofuel

biofuel news south carolinaModern heating oil is already one of the most eco-friendly home comfort fuels around today. And thanks to the advent of Bioheat® fuel — a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil and biofuel made from organic and recycled ingredients —we’re moving toward a future of net-zero carbon emissions.

The good news keeps on coming. Companies have been using advanced technology to convert woody fiber waste from lumber and paper mills into ethyl levulinate (EL). This can then be converted into an ultra-clean home heating product that replaces petroleum, gallon-for-gallon. Emitting zero greenhouse gas emissions EL, like Bioheat fuel, can be used safely with current home heating oil systems.

This is just one example of the quest to find more eco-friendly renewable liquid fuels. The continued growth of Bioheat fuel already results in a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions!

“Ethyl levulinate could be a game changer for the industry, delivering the comfort of heating oil and essentially eliminating greenhouse gas emissions,” said John Huber, president of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA).

Bioheat fuel is being used today in homes across South Carolina. You can burn it in any oil-fired equipment without modification. It’s better for the environment and leaves fewer deposits, saving you money on maintenance!

Why Biofuel l Is Carbon Neutral

Transitioning to Bioheat fuel is a win-win situation: it’s been proven to reduce emissions because it is a low-carbon heating —and it doesn’t require any expensive system upgrades in your home.

The biodiesel, or biofuel, blend in Bioheat fuel is composed of various organic products, including vegetable oils, animal fats, and even algae. Besides the recent positive development of ethyl levulinate, studies have also shown the viability of using various types of grass for the production of biofuel.

Biodiesel is considered a biogenic fuel that eliminates carbon output. By contrast, when traditional fossil fuels that do not contain biodiesel are burned, they take carbon that was stored in soil and put 100% of that carbon into the atmosphere.

By contrast, the combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources recycles carbon-dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks.