Biodiesel Factory Tour✨BDF工場「あぐり〜ん東京」さんの見学へ

On Thursday, March 21st, we visited a biodiesel factory located in Ota-ku, Tokyo, operated by Workers Co-op.


When we arrived, we saw lots of huge tanks with biodiesel and machines that make them in the back. We also had the chance to see a truck move with their oil.


Mr. Shiho Kuroda, the manager, told us how they reuse old oil and turn it into eco-friendly ones with interesting and fascinating explanations.


Old oil gets filtered, then mixed with chemicals, then cleaned and turned into biodiesel.


Mr. Kuroda actually generated power and boiled water there. Using that, he made us caramel latte!


We also donated some used oil. Thank you for answering to lots of our questions!


Because of this visit, we now know that biodiesel is good for the environment. If this biodiesel fuel is used, it emits carbon dioxide. Still, since it’s originally derived from plants like rapeseed, soybeans, and sunflowers, which undergo photosynthesis to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen while growing, the emitted carbon dioxide is offset. As a result, it’s considered eco-friendly energy, known as carbon-neutral or carbon offset.

このバイオディーゼル燃料も、使えば二酸化炭素は出ますが、 もともと食用の油は菜の花、大豆、ひまわりなどの植物が原料なので、 育つ時に光合成をして二酸化炭素を吸収して酸素を作ってくれています。そこで、結果として、排出する二酸化炭素はゼロ、カーボンニュートラル、カーボンオフセットという考え方でエコなエネルギーとよばれているそうです。

Mr. Kuroda also taught us about the history of engines and fuels, and he taught us a lot of interesting, funny, and engaging stories. Thank you so much for all the people at Agreen Tokyo!



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