High Gas Prices? No Problem for This Biofuel-Making Destrehan Teen
by Barry Guillot (Times-Picayune) … Dillon Deshotel doesn’t worry about gas prices. Deshotel, a recent Destrehan High graduate, makes his own biodiesel at home. For him, fluctuating gas prices are irrelevant. His fuel is always less than a dollar a gallon.
“It isn’t very hard to make at all with the right equipment,” Deshotel said. “The hardest part is filtering the cooking oil, so that there isn’t pieces of batter and debris from whatever was cooked in the oil.”
“My dad had a seafood restaurant where he was paying someone to dispose of the used oil,” Deshotel said. “He had a diesel truck and a diesel boat and was always interested in science, so about 10 years ago he decided to try making biodiesel and it ended up working well. Throughout the years, he showed me the ins and outs of making it.”
Deshotel’s 2000 Ford F250 is a model that is compatible with the biofuel.
“I think that biodiesel is better alternative energy source because of that reason, and the same goes with electric cars,” Deshotel said. “People buy them because they think that it is greener and somehow safer for the environment. However, the amount of fuel it takes to make the electricity actually ends up being more than just using fossil fuels as the fuel source.”
According to the American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM International), biodiesel has the highest energy balance of any fuel, returning 5.5 units of energy for every unit of fossil energy needed to produce it.
New cropland isn’t needed to make biodiesel because it is produced from co-products and by-products of crops grown for food and other materials. From 2008 to 2016, the United States tripled biodiesel use. READ MORE