Hemp fuel

Hemp fuels- Environmentally friendly fuel sources

The basics: Hemp can provide two types of fuel.
1. Hemp biodiesel – made from the oil of the (pressed) hemp seed.
2. Hemp ethanol/methanol – made from the fermented stalk.

To clarify further, ethanol is made from such things as grains, sugars, starches, waste paper and forest products, and methanol is made from woody/pulp matter. Using processes such as gasification, acid hydrolysis and enzymes, hemp can be used to make both ethanol and methanol.

Image from US Hemp Energy.

In this day of oil wars, peak oil (and the accompanying soaring prices), climate change and oil spills such as the one in the gulf by BP, it’s more important than ever to promote sustainable alternatives such as hemp ethanol.  Hemp turns out to be the most cost-efficient and valuable of all the fuel crops we could grow on a scale that could fuel the world.

And as it turns out, the whole reason for hemp prohibition – and alcohol prohibition – may have been a fuel the realization that OIL production is threatened by any competing fuel source, especially one that requires no modifications to your car!

What is Hemp Biodiesel?
Hemp biodiesel is the name for a variety of ester based oxygenated fuels made from hemp oil.  The concept of using vegetable oil as an engine fuel dates back to 1895 when Dr. Rudolf Diesel developed the first diesel engine to run on vegetable oil. Diesel demonstrated his engine at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900 using peanut oil as fuel.  Hemp biodiesel come from the pressing of the hemp seeds to extract the oil.  Through a process explained here , hemp biodiesel can be made.

Hemp biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, renewable oilseed crops such as hemp. With over 30 million successful U.S. road miles hemp biodiesel could be the answer to our cry for renewable fuel sources.  Learning more  about renewable fuels does not mean we should not cut back on consumption but does help address the environmental affects of our choices.  There is more to hemp as a renewable fuel source than you know

Why Hemp Biodiesel?

  • Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine.
  • It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored. Biodiesel is safe to handle and transport because it is as biodegradable as sugar, 10 times less toxic than table salt, and has a high flashpoint of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flash point of 125 F.
  • Biodiesel can be made from domestically produced, renewable oilseed crops such as hemp.
  • Biodiesel is a proven fuel with over 30 million successful US road miles, and over 20 years of use in Europe.
  • When burned in a diesel engine, biodiesel replaces the exhaust odor of petroleum diesel with the pleasant smell of hemp, popcorn or french fries.
  • Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel in the US to complete EPA Tier I Health Effects Testing under section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act, which provide the most thorough inventory of environmental and human health effects attributes that current technology will allow.
  • Biodiesel is 11% oxygen by weight and contains no sulfur.
  • The use of biodiesel can extend the life of diesel engines because it is more lubricating than petroleum diesel fuel, while fuel consumption, auto ignition, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel.
  • The Congressional Budget Office, Department of Defense, US Department of Agriculture, and others have determined that biodiesel is the low cost alternative fuel option for fleets to meet requirements of the Energy Policy Act.

Click here to view one method of making biodiesel with hemp seed oil

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15 thoughts on “Hemp fuel”

  1. well now its almost 2019 and we are getting there. We’ve come a long way since this article. And I just got my hemp licence 🙂

  2. The use of this hemp plastic sure would eliminate the problem of auto hail damage.
    I’m curios as to how much fuel could be produced per average acre. It would likely be as efficiant or better than using grains to make ethenol, which in turn would not cut into food product to feed our growing world population .
    The heartiness of the plant which would cut down on chemicals which are pressentely used on cerial crops would also result in less pollution for our waterways.
    The factor of spills being no concerns also should be a big plus for it’s developement.
    Engine longevity also came as a surprise to me.


    1. Fortunately, I think more and more people get the hemp v. marijuana distinction. Plus smearing them together becomes less of a tool for the establishment as it is comes to accept and even benefit from medical and recreational marijuana.

  3. I’m understandable to making Gasoline from Hemp, I can agree with making it from Corn, but how much more productive would we all be if we turned out Biofuel from Yard Clippings?

    I’m down for using the hemp plant, mostly because of fast a nice stalk could be grown and churned in to BioFuel or Gasoline.

    But, according to some statistics I’ve found, all the Hurricanes that have been hitting us has been depleting our Agriculture. Less Agriculture means less Fruit, less Corn, and less room for Hemp Crops.

    I think we should look into turning grass cuttings, bush and tree trimmings in to BioFuel? Just a thought.

    Great excerpt on Hemp for Fuel, by the way!!!

  4. I am trying to get a hold of 1 – 2 galons of hemp bio-fuel can anyone point me in a good direction. I know the government won’t like it but I believe we can persuade them through flooding the market with inventions and apparatuses that need the fuel. I know most americans are ignorant to the huge power capabilities and uses for the is product. I do not smoke, but do not judge those who do. I also do not believe that it is a gateway drug. Ignorance is a gateway drug. Any help with the Hemp fuel would be great. Vote out Obama and save this country.

  5. The food based Ethanol and Tobacco Lobbies along with the Religious right will never allow hemp and hemp oils to be used or legalized.

    1. Not to mention the Dupont family, the cotton industry, the petroleum industry, the pharmaceutical industry, etc, etc.

    2. Don’t throw your own opinion in into the trash like that. Stand up against those lobiest jerks and be the American you was born to be.
      God bless hemp. By the way, I’m born naturally here in America. Therefore I’m native here. Marijuana is sacroment for me. Freedom of religion as well.

  6. I also hear that hemp makes a better paper than trees, and of course, is much more easily renewed as a yearly crop. It yields hugely!

    1. I’d say it makes good paper. Just pull out your wallet and look at your good old US bills, made out of hemp so as to be resilient. One of them also has an old hemp farmer on the front. George Washington LOL.

      1. Actually on 2 bills. Thomas Jefferson is on the $2 bill, was also a major hemp grower. If I remember correctly, it was he who said, “It’s all counts on the quality of the seed”. Which any modern grower knows to be true.

  7. You do know that by saying hemp everyone still knows your talking about pot right? All your trying to do is get pot legalized. Too much of a pot head to get a job to afford your habit?
    Well bubba that’s the view most Americans will have towards this post. The demonazation of Cannabis will be the only real fight to face if you want to see hemp fuel in this country.
    Points of interest:
    Hemp grows in moderate-poor soils (not fit for food crops)
    Hemp grows in moderate-poor climates (not fit for food crops)
    It is drought resistant, flood resistant, free of pest infestation, chokes out weeds without pesticides, needs no fertilizers, revitalizes the soil, has a 50 year crop rotation cycles know to remove toxins from the soil, based on climate it can have 3 harvest per year, 10 times more wood pulp than trees per acre, can be used for both gas and diesel, the byproduct of distillation makes high grade chicken feed, remaining fiber can be used to make canvas, rope, clothes that last up to 10 times longer than cotton, the seeds make a more nutritious flour than wheat, blablabla.
    Ok all of what I’ve said is true and more good stuff is know about it. In mid-America we have more than 11 million acres of moderate-poor land not being used for crops. As the AFT likes to point out they burn millions of tons of pot a year grown in America. Most of the crops are grown under cover of forest, not out in the open. So it can grow under what would be very adverse conditions without cultivation.
    Let’s review what I really just said:
    To all the multinational corps. like Monsanto, Dow and others, we won’t need your pesticides or herbicides.
    To all the multinational food growers, we won’t need your GMO corn for bio-fuel. As a result of the no cultivation thing, any idiot can grow it and get paid for it (uncontrollable market).
    By the way OPEC at just 2 million acres we won’t need your oil anymore.
    So you may have 1 or 2 players in the game that might not want hemp on the seen man. But like I said their not the real fight. The real fight will be public opinion. After almost 100 years of hearing that pot is harmful (not 1 death related to the use or consumption of hemp in 12,000 years?) it has been proven that even those that do smoke pot will not publicly admit it or support it.
    I understand that you are not talking about Cannabis-indica, pot. Your talking about Cannabis-sativa, hemp. Doesn’t matter. People have be told for almost 100 years by their peers and government that it’s the same thing.
    To legalize 1 you will have to legalize the other.
    Not really a bad thing as Indica produce’s as much as 3 times as much oil as Sativa.
    Good luck, my 2cents worth, Think I need to catch a buzz.

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