Current State of the Industry, the Renewable Fuel Standard 2, and Key Components to Maintaining Fuel Quality in the Supply Chain from Production through End-use.
Biodiesel, a renewable liquid fuel produced from oils, fats, and/or greases brings many benefits to many different public and private sector stakeholders that currently utilize diesel fuel to power their vehicles/fleets. Biodiesel is a nontoxic, biodegradable fuel with many superior attributes to conventional diesel fuel including rural economic development, increased engine lubricity, emissions, and sustainability and conservation of natural resources versus its petroleum counterpart. In addition, as part of the recent national Renewable Fuel Standard 2 (RFS2) biodiesel volumes are projected to increase in coming years and biodiesel can now be used in many different economic sectors that currently use diesel fuel such as agriculture, underground mining, railroads, marine, and construction. Most importantly, maintaining fuel quality throughout the “supply chain” is critical to biodiesel’s success as a national alternate fuel.
Due to the projected increases in biodiesel volumes, the National Biodiesel Board will conduct a national webinar to provide market and technical information on basic aspects of biodiesel as a blend stock for all diesel fuel market sectors. Specifically, we wish to provide information to Cooperative Extension Service personnel concerning the following:
o Biodiesel Myths and Facts
o Accepted biodiesel definition by the US EPA as an alternate fuel
o Biodiesel feedstocks
o The Renewable Fuel Standard-2 and its components (sustainability, qualified feedstocks and fuel pathways, ASTM definition, OEM acceptance)
o New markets for biodiesel in the RFS-2
o Rural economic impacts
o Sustainability – air, water, and energy
o Fuel Quality Specification – ASTM specifications and components for successful operation in diesel (compression-ignition) engines
o Purchasing biodiesel – what to include in the purchase order
o Need for “supply-chain management” – steps to success before, during, and after receiving biodiesel
o On-site handling and storage
o Cold weather concerns
o Engine warranties
o Educational resources and where to get current information
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