Shell will blend BTL (Biomass to Liquids) synthetic diesel, along with GTL (Gas to Liquids) synthetic diesel, into its Shell V-Power Diesel race fuel at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, in France on 14 June.
This will be the first time a second-generation biofuel has been used at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Through its collaboration with German company CHOREN Industries GmbH, Shell is working to develop BTL synthetic diesel fuel made from non-food biomass, such as forest residues and waste wood. BTL promises to reduce CO2 production by up to 90% compared to conventional diesel.
CHOREN’s demonstration commercial plant in Freiberg, Germany, is due to start producing fuel within 12 months.
CHOREN Industries GmbH produces gasification systems for solid materials containing carbon. It has developed into the leading manufacturer of synthetic biofuels (BTL) with its internationally-patented Carbo-V process and has registered offices in Freiberg and Hamburg. Shell became a shareholder in CHOREN Industries in 2005 and provides the Fischer Tropsch technology used in the BTL process, with associated technical support. (Earlier post.)