Advantages of Biodiesel

Biodiesel is literally diesel fuel from natural sources. It burns like regular petroleum diesel (in fact, much better!) but without the environmental pollution of petroleum diesel. It is made from renewable sources such as virgin or used vegetable oils and waste animal fat.

Oils and fats are converted into biodiesel with flow and combustion properties very closely approximating those of conventional petroleum fuels by a simple rebuilding process of its molecular chains. This process is called trans-esterification where the oils and fats are reduced to the desired esters and free fatty acids are removed.

The biodiesel chemical process can be summarized as follows:

Vegetable Oil/Fat + Methanol = Biodiesel (Methyl Ester) + Glycerine


Biodiesel is non-flammable, and in contrast to petroleum diesel, it is non-explosive, with a flash point of 150°C for biodiesel as compared to 64°C for petroleum diesel.

Biodegradable and Non-toxic

Being a "natural" fuel, it is biodegradable and non-toxic. According to the National Biodiesel Board, biodiesel breaks down 4 to 5 times faster than mineral diesel. Hence in case of any spillage of biodiesel into water systems, the environmental impact is minimal.

Meets the Strictest Diesel Emission Standards in the World

Biodiesel is naturally almost free of sulphur (max. 0.001 percent and thereby at the limit of its detectability). And because the biodiesel molecule contains more than 10 percent of oxygen, the oxygen leads to an improved combustion and thereby to substantially less soot. If biodiesel is used to fuel all transport vehicles, smog will become a thing of the past.

Closed Carbon Cycle

Biodiesel reduces emissions of carbon monoxide by approximately 50% and carbon dioxide by more than 75% because the carbon in biodiesel emissions is recycled from carbon that was already in the atmosphere, rather than being new carbon from "dino fuel" that was locked in the earth's crust until we dug it out.

Biodiesel is Good for the Engine

It has superior lubricity and significantly reduces engine wear. Due to this highly valuable quality, biodiesel is often used as an additive to petroleum diesel fuel. In addition, biodiesel has a higher cetane rating than petroleum diesel, and therefore ignites more rapidly when injected into the engine. This gives more power to the engine.

Can be Blended with Petroleum Diesel

Biodiesel can be mixed with petroleum diesel in any ratio due to their similar chemical structure. The mixture is stable and cannot be separated by mechanical means.

Available Today and Works Immediately

The technology is simple, well developed and Vance Biodiesel is available for use in today's diesel engines.

High Standard of Quality Assurance

Vance Biodiesel meets and exceeds the international biodiesel standards such as MS 2008:2014, EN 14214, ASTM D-6751 and the Australian Biodiesel Standard.

ISO 9001 certification forms the backbone of our Quality Assurance System. We also have one of the most advanced and fully equipped biodiesel analytical laboratories in the industry.

Being a Full Member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we supply environmentally friendly and sustainable biodiesel.

Efficient Infrastructure and Logistics

Vance Bioenergy has 25,000 metric tons of on-site storage tank capacity.

Using dedicated road tankers, we have well established logistics arrangements to transport and deliver our biodiesel efficiently and on-time throughout Peninsular Malaysia.

Our production facility is located within minutes of Johor Port where we have on-shore tanks to facilitate bulking and loading for large shipments of biodiesel by sea. Having a deep draft and the world’s single largest palm oil storage facility, Johor Port is the ideal port from which to ship biodiesel.

Strong Counterparty for Trading

Vance Bioenergy is also a buyer and trader of all forms of biodiesel.

Backed by a strong balance sheet, Vance Bioenergy is able to enter into large contracts with customers who may demand customized solutions that require fixed prices or indexation of prices, and as such require significant hedging in the paper and physical markets.

Vance Bioenergy is the ideal counterparty for your biodiesel trading requirements.

Biodiesel Facts

Sulphur dioxide emissions from burning petroleum diesel cause acid rain which kills marine life and forests. Inhaled sulphate particles cause heart and lung disorders.

Using biodiesel instead of petroleum diesel in diesel engines cuts down sulphate emissions by a full 100%.

Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic gas which is odorless and colorless. Two-thirds of the carbon monoxide emissions come from transportation sources.

Biodiesel emissions reduce carbon monoxide by more than 45% when compared to petroleum diesel.