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Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) in Northeast Ohio has modified a beer delivery truck to run on recycled straight vegetable oil (SVO) (or waste vegetable oil—WVO). The heavy-duty truck joins GLBC’s “Fatty Wagon” shuttle, which operates on SVO and shuttles patrons to and from Cleveland Indians home games.
GLBC’s vehicles are essentially bi-fuel vehicles. One tank holds a B20 biodiesel blend to pre-heat the SVO fuel, and another tank holds SVO. After starting and running on diesel for about seven miles, the truck then runs on SVO at the flip of a switch for the duration of the trip.
Since modifying the delivery truck in November 2005, GLBC reports the following advantages of SVO fuel:
The cost of SVO averages about $1.11/gallon versus $2.60/gallon for diesel.
Since the SVO truck only needs diesel to start and end the trip, approximately two gallons of diesel are needed for one 100 gallon trip on SVO. Based on this ratio, costs savings of running on the diesel/SVO combination versus running on diesel alone are over 50% (roughly $5,000 for the year).
The SVO truck recently reached 785 miles on one 100 gallon tank of SVO (averaging 7.85 miles/gallon versus the general 7 miles/gallon on conventional diesel).
Preliminary tests show that SVO emissions result in lower amounts of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide than diesel.
The SVO used in GLBC’s delivery truck and Fatty Wagon is recycled from the GLBC Brewpub and other sources. The oil is simply filtered; it is not put through a chemical process like biodiesel.
GLBC co-owner Patrick Conway and Biodiesel Cleveland founder Ray Holan have both modified their diesel vehicles to run on SVO as well.