Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New biodiesel standards should expand its market

Biodiesel just became a more reliable fuel, as the non-profit standard-setting organization ASTM International published new fuel specifications that will regulate performance and emissions when the fuel is used in diesel engines.

The specifications set the quality for blends containing more than 5 percent biodiesel. Supporters say the new specifications will make a fuel some see as more environmentally friendly more attractive to consumers. Julie Harker of Brownfield Ag News writes that Bob McCormick, the principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, says the new standards will "lead to an expansion of markets for biodiesel while at the same time ensuring that users have trouble-free performance." (Read more)

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