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Biodiesel Industry Welcomes New Fuel Quality Reports

Jan 22, 2020, 2:47 PM
New annual reports from NREL showcase biodiesel's excellent fuel quality

(TAMPA, FLA.) - Biodiesel fuel quality information is more accessible than ever thanks to new reports being published from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through funding and support from the National Biodiesel Board, NREL's statistical analysis is based on thousands of data points that were previously unavailable.

"Never before has NREL been able to provide this level of fuel quality information," said Theresa Alleman, senior fuel chemist for NREL. "By partnering with NBB's National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission, BQ-9000, we now have a simpler, more efficient way to collect, analyze, and determine the quality of biodiesel. These reports will act as a reoccurring insight into biodiesel fuel quality each year."

The reports are comprised of data gathered from U.S. and Canadian BQ-9000 producer members. The analysis from both the 2017 and 2018 reports show that the vast majority of biodiesel readily exceeded the specification limits in ASTM D6751, the standard for biodiesel.

"These reports show what we've been saying for years," said NBB Technical Director Scott Fenwick. "Biodiesel fuel is of the absolute highest quality, and these reports prove it. Having this data every year will go a long way in demonstrating to OEMs and regulatory agencies that biodiesel should be the fuel of choice for any diesel engine."

As part of the data gathering process, biodiesel producers test their own B100 fuel at the point of production monthly, then provide the NBAC with the resulting data. NBAC randomizes and anonymizes the results and provide the final version to NREL for statistical analysis.

The data was presented during a breakout session at the 2020 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo.

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation's first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.

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For more information on the conference, visit www.biodieselconference.org.

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