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UL Certifies Veyance Flexsteel Future Hose for Mid- and High-Level Ethanol Blends

Growth Energy and Veyance Technologies (formerly Goodyear Engineered Products), a manufacturer of liquid fuel dispenser hoses, announced Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification of the Veyance Flexsteel Futura liquid fuel dispenser hose for use with mid- and high-level blends of ethanol.

This is the last equipment part requiring UL certification for mid- and high-level blend dispensing equipment, following a 2006 decision by UL to rescind previous certification and revise equipment standards for this type of dispenser. (Earlier post.) This announcement concludes the final series of UL testing for the “hanging hardware” which is attached to the basic fuel dispenser needed for a complete approval of an E85 dispensing unit.

The Veyance Flexsteel Future hose. Click to enlarge.

Certification of a complete E85 and blender pump by UL is expected soon and Authorities Having Jurisdiction, (State and local Fire Marshals and Code Enforcement Officials) will soon be in position to accept mid and high level blend ethanol dispensers with complete UL certification.

Growth Energy had partnered with Veyance and provided financial support necessary to accelerate the submission of the hose for UL testing and, ultimately, certification.



About time this got done. Now let's start building pumps and a supply of E85 to replace petro with.


With ethanol coming from what? What can produce enough ethanol to replace petroleum? The billion-ton vision projections fell far short of replacing gasoline (about 45% of US petroleum-product consumption by volume), let alone all oil.


If you take an all or nothing at all attitude then nothing gets done. If half the cars can run M85 or cellulose E85 we reduce oil imports, but if you say that all cars can not use it then nothing gets done and we continue to import more oil.

Chris Jensen

Until we are able to handle 15% we can't move to 20%, 50% or 85%. Anything above where we are now keeps oil dollars out of the middle east. SJC is right, this is not an all or nothing proposition.


USDA suggests that 2009 was a 10 billion gallons of ethanol year. Up from 5 billion in 2006. The biggest challenge will be to expand that production while moving to second generation feedstocks like cellulose, municipal waste and algae.


There are 8 million FFVs on the road right now, but few use E85 because it is not readily available. If we could get to cellulose E10 nation wide and make cellulose E85 available where the FFVs are, we would have made progress.

Each FFV costs only and extra $250 off the production line and most cars made the last 10 years can be converted to FFV at a reasonable cost. I believe this is the best hedge we have. It is what happens after the peak oil years that matters. If we are set to require less imported oil, we will be better off.


Cellulose ethanol is coming awfully slowly; see R^2's latest entry, where he notes that Fiberight is the leading cellulosic ethanol producer in 2010 with a whole 130 barrels per day. Planning your future vehicle fleet around it isn't just foolish, it's suicidal.

We'd be much better off building more chemical plants to produce materials for Li-ion batteries. Short Fiberight, long LG Chem.


It will initially be methanol and we will have many FFVs. There will always be those that say they have the way and they will be completely wrong. Society will be glad that they did not listen to them.


EP - progress is accomplished by transition. The goal is sustainable energy independence. With literally zero EVs on the road right now any such plan MUST include a broad portfolio of resources to meet the goal. Sure cellulosic is still in R&D. Does not mean we quit on it. And with the first generation of alcohols growing toward 15 billion gallons annually - there is a real business there.

Transitioning from corn to cellulosic will take 10-15 years. So what? With each new FFV and alcohol pump installed we move closer to the goal. At the same time we are introducing EVs - which further lowers demand on foreign oil. Saving billions in exported dollars and defense costs.

The plan is multi-layered/dimensional utilizing EVERY independent energy resource that is viable. Not only is this better than all eggs in one basket (EVs) - we grow more jobs and expand the economic base further. Cellulosic and algal alcohols are in their infancy - we will give them time and support to grow batter.

Oh yeah. Developing a bunch of different solutions to a problem is just plain more fun than a single game. FUN is the sub-textual goal.


We are going to need a multistage strategy from here on out to keep from being put in a bind. The moves we make today will determine the options that we have tomorrow. Quick low cost high benefit moves like M85/FFVs will buy us time for other longer term plays.

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