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Biodiesel Board Goal: 10% of Diesel Market in 10 Years

February 05, 2013

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The National Biodiesel Board announced a new goal Tuesday during the Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas: 10% of the on-road diesel market by 2022.

"It is not about replacing every drop of petroleum; it is about continuing to diversify transportation energy so we can meet our needs affordably and sustainably," said National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe. "Biodiesel will play an increasing role to help protect fuel consumers and the U.S. economy from unstable energy markets that are grossly distorted by political factors in the most politically unstable region in the world and by nationalized oil companies of totalitarian regimes."  

Eight years ago, NBB set a goal to be 5% of the diesel fuel supply by 2015, a goal then viewed as aggressive. With a billion gallons produced in 2011 and 2012, the biodiesel industry is well on its way to achieve that goal and possibly hit it earlier than expected, says the NBB.

"No one could have predicted the changes and challenges of this industry, but we have been deliberate and intentional as we map our potential," Jobe continued. "This year, biodiesel marks 20 years for the trade association, 10 years for the conference and lays out the vision for the next ten years to come." 

The goal is intended to be a stretch but yet attainable, says the NBB.

The NBB is getting help from the Diesel Technology Forum, which is participating in the Biodesel Conference. In 2012, the National Biodiesel Board joined the DTF as an Allied Member.

“Clean diesel vehicle and equipment manufacturers and biodiesel producers share a future destiny – all which is linked to the diesel engine," explained Ezra Finkin, DTF’s director of policy and external relations. "Billions of dollars has been invested in research to advance diesel technology, meet customer demand and achieve EPA’s near zero emissions standards. Biodiesel producers have made similar investments anticipating a future with expanded use of domestically produced biofuels in diesel engines of all kinds."

“Advancements in biodiesel refining and record production last year along with a great interest in second generation renewable fuels are all exciting topics at this gathering," Finkin said. "There is no question that the use of high quality renewable biofuels will help assure that diesel can compete alongside natural gas, ethanol, or electricity.

"To be successful, however, we must work together to ensure that car and truck owners and  all users of biodiesel fuels have a positive experience, within the manufacturers' recommendations on fuel specifications." 

Comments

  1. 1. James Karalis [ February 06, 2013 @ 06:59AM ]

    One night i was in a hurry and got fuel at a place that i normally do not fuel at . After filling up i seen on the pumps that it had 10% biodiesel blend , as soon as i hit the road and it made it to the motor i could feel the truck was sluggish . As a rule i try to buy only branded fuel ( you can tell if it is branded because if it is not the oil co name well not be on the pumps ) I do not buy fuel by the price i am willing to pay more for good fuel , I would not use a biodiesel blend even if it was .50 cents a gallon cheaper , here in Texas they are really pushing the crap and you have to be careful were you fuel i have seen pumps with up to 20% bio blended in with real fuel .and as far as using 100% biodiesel if they sold it for $1.00 a gallon i still would not use the crap ,.

  2. 2. tpisc [ February 06, 2013 @ 02:31PM ]

    I deliver bio diesel thruout the midwest,also use it in my own truck.have not had any problems or noticed any change in performance or fuel mileage. Running north this winter with temps at or below zero have had no problem.Get used to it, its here to stay .90of truckstops in our area are selling it whether you no or not.

  3. 3. jpoll [ February 06, 2013 @ 02:53PM ]

    Bio diesel is ok in the summer/warmer months, but it is nothing but problems in the winter. I wish states like Minnesota would get it through their thick heads that bio diesel in the winter causes us nothing but problems. Fuel additives that used to work in #2 fuel in the winter do not work now in bio diesel. But Minnesota insists on keeping in their fuel year around. As a result it costs us more money to compensate for it and the problems it causes. The only way to combat bio diesel in the winter is to buy straight #1 fuel, and we all know how much that costs. Either that or leave your truck run all the time, oh, I forgot, we're not supposed to idle either. My truck sits outside overnight at home. I have block heater and oil pan heater on it. and I shelter it from the wind as much as I can. But when the temps get below 10 degrees I guarantee you if I don't have bio diesel in my tanks in Minnesota I will have trouble, lots of it. I NEVER had problems during the winter months before the State mandated bio in the fuel year around. I know quite a few other local companies that have the same problems I do, so I know its not me, not anything I am doing wrong. As a result I and they buy as much fuel out of state in the winter months as we can. And guess what, the fuel I buy out of state doesn't cause ANY problems. When I buy fuel out of state I can go back to and get by with just adding winter additives again. Until I am forced to buy my fuel in Minnesota again. I really wish the state would get this and not mandate it year around.

  4. 4. OTRDriver [ February 08, 2013 @ 06:57AM ]

    #1. if anyone has problems with Bio-Diesel it's because your fuel system is compromised before you put it in. Bio-Diesel detergent qualities will clean your tanks and system filling the filter with the sludge you can't see and causing a reduction in fuel supply to the engine. It will take 600gal. and at least two filter changes to completely clean the system. Then and only then will the engine function as before or better. Bio-Diesel has great lubrication abilities too, so your fuel system parts and it provides upper cylinder lubrication as well so those parts will not wear out as soon. I've used Bio-Diesel (b-20) for over 5 years in the climates of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas. with out any problems. If you are having problems with Bio-Diesel it's because of your lack of attention to your maintenance not the fault of the fuel..

 

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