E3 Biofuels, the developer of a manure-powered integrated ethanol plant in Mead, Nebraska (earlier post), has joined O2Diesel’s CityHome program as a sponsor. CityHome helps subnsidize the adoption of O2Diesel’s ethanol-diesel blend by transit and school bus fleets.
StarTran Transit of Lincoln, NE was the first fleet to adopt CityHome and has now successfully completed one year of using O2Diesel. StarTran reduced the petroleum portion of the fuel utilized by 8%, and it is estimated that they have reduced their diesel emissions by four tons.
CityHome sponsors for StarTran in 2005 included Performance Automotive, Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Clear Channel Radio.
The E3 Biofuels plant is a completely integrated technology system (a corn field, feedlot, ethanol plant, and waste digester) for producing corn, ethanol, milk, cheese and beef with little to no fossil fuel consumed in the process.
O2Diesel uses 7.7% ethanol, with up to 1% proprietary additive and a cetane improver. In tests against conventional diesel, O2Diesel reduces CO emissions by up to 26%; NOx emissions by up to 5%; and PM emissions by up to 40%.
In November 2005, Abengoa Bioenergy R&D (ABRD), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abengoa Bioenergy, one of the world’s largest producers of biofuels, acquired 10% of O2Diesel in an investment worth €3 million (US$3,588,000). (Earlier post.)