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Thailand to Enforce B2 Biodiesel in 2008

Bangkok Post. Thailand will begin enforcing the mandatory use of B2 palm oil biodiesel for all diesel vehicles nationwide beginning in April 2008, and the move to B5 shortly thereafter, according to the Minister of Energy.

In January 2007, the Thai Energy Ministry set a revised biodiesel consumption target for the country of 500,000 liters (132,000 gallons US) per day for 2007, increasing to 4 million liters (1.06 million gallons US) per day by the end of 2011. That would offset as much as 7% of diesel consumption. (Earlier post.)

Thailand plans to replace 20% of vehicle fuel consumption with renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel within the next five years.

More than 60% of Thailand’s vehicles use diesel because of the popularity of the one-ton pickup truck.



This is a sensible strategy - blend in small percentages nationally, and gradually increase the amount.

Then you don't have to have special taxes for biofuels.

Everyone gets the same.

I wonder how far you can go before you start to have trouble with older engines ?


It's mostly the rubber hoses that degrade and swell up when you use biodiesel in older vehicles, and that can be mostly fixed with modern replacements that can handle the different chemical composition, but there's some concern with high percentage biodiesel in new engines too, according to manufacturers, probably due to the very high pressures and calibration of the injection system.

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