Ethanol industry forms new E-diesel consortium

Organization will serve as clearinghouse for technical information and analysis
By | April 01, 2002
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and E-diesel stakeholders have announced the formation of an E-diesel consortium to address the emerging technical, regulatory and developmental issues associated with the future viability of E-diesel.

There are a number of issues to be examined before E-diesel commercial viability can be determined. Such issues include flash point, durability and emissions testing, and other fuel specification issues. The consortium will develop a program of testing and research and identify funding sources to conduct the work. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fuels Development and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, E-diesel stakeholders explored various structural options and agreed to form the consortium as a committee of the RFA.

E-diesel is a blend of diesel, up to 15% ethanol, and one of several proprietary additives to keep the ethanol emulsified during all conditions. A number of on-road and off-road fleet demonstrations have shown E-diesel has the potential to reduce emissions from diesel engines, especially particulate emissions. Due to variability among applications and duty cycles, additional controlled testing is needed to answer questions from diesel engine manufacturers. Consortium members include RFA, National Corn Growers Association, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, AAE Technologies/Octel Starreon, Akzo-Nobel, BetzDearborn, Lubrizol, Pure Energy, and state and federal government agencies.