Neste Oil Begins Trials of 100% Renewable Diesel in Passenger Cars; Planning Retail Rollout in Finland
Neste Oil has begun trials of Neste Green 100 diesel—a renewable drop-in hydrocarbon replacement for diesel, not biodiesel (fatty acid methyl esters)—in cars in Finland. The trial will include private individuals and Neste Oil employees.
Test drivers from outside the company will trial Neste Green 100 diesel from mid-May to Midsummer, while test drivers recruited from the company’s employees have begun today and will continue after Midsummer. Drivers will fill up at selected Neste Oil service stations in Greater Helsinki.
|“This is the first time anywhere that a premium renewable diesel fuel will be tested across a range of different cars.”|
|—Sakari Toivola, Neste Oil Executive Vice President, Oil Retail|
Previous trials have shown that Neste Oil’s renewable diesel offers significant advantages compared to conventional biodiesel. (Earlier post.) The fuel’s greenhouse gas emissions over its entire life cycle are 40-80% lower than those of fossil diesel, and its tailpipe emissions are also lower.
The majority of Neste Oil stations in Finland already offer Neste Green diesel, which contains a minimum of 10% renewable diesel blended with conventional diesel fuel. [Earlier post.] We plan to make Neste Green 100 diesel, which is produced from 100% renewable sources, available to motorists as soon as possible.
Neste Green 100 diesel is a 100% biofuel that contains NExBTL renewable diesel (earlier post) and an additive package designed for Finnish conditions to keep engines clean, protect them from corrosion, prevent foaming, and promote lubrication.
NExBTL is based on the high-pressure hydrogenation of fatty acids. The product is a synthetic diesel fuel, free of oxygen and aromatic compounds. Side products include propane and gasoline. The process can use a flexible input of any vegetable oil or animal fat to produce a product with characteristics similar to Fischer-Tropsch output.
Neste has two major NExBTL plants, each with an annual capacity of 800,000 tonnes, under construction: one in Singapore is due onstream in the second half of this year; the other, in Rotterdam, is due online in the summer of 2011. Two plants at its main Porvoo refinery, each with a capacity of 150,000 tonnes per year, are currently onstream.
Although Neste Green 100 diesel is currently only available for trial purposes, the plan is to make it available for consumer use at a later date. The product complies with the draft CWA15940 standard.