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Neste Oil in renewable diesel blend demonstration project aimed at commercialization; Diesel R33

Test bus for the Diesel R33 project. Click to enlarge.

Neste Oil is part of a fleet demonstration program of a new blend of diesel fuel in Coburg, Germany. The aim of the program is to introduce to the market a fuel with a significantly higher proportion of renewable content than current diesel blends. The German Minister of Transport, Peter Ramsauer, kicked off the project today in Coburg.

The new blend—Diesel R33—contains 26% NExBTL renewable diesel, an hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO)-type renewable diesel fuel produced by Neste Oil; 7% conventional biodiesel (FAME) produced from used cooking oil; and 67% fossil diesel. With the 26% share of NExBTL, the new blend offers the highest biofuel content of any diesel blend that fulfills and exceeds the requirements for diesel fuels used in the European Union.

The maximum limit for adding FAME-type biofuel to fossil fuel under the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the EN 590 diesel standard is 7%.

Unlike conventional biodiesel, there are no technical limitations to blending Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel, which opens up the potential for creating diesel blends that have high bio content and result in lower GHG and tailpipe emissions.

—Kaisa Hietala, Neste Oil’s Vice President, Renewable Fuels

The one-year Diesel R33 demonstration project will include around 280 different types of vehicles and will test the performance of the new blend in traffic and the contribution it makes to reducing tailpipe emissions and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Diesel R33 project is a follow-up to a trial conducted in Coburg and Munich in 2010-2011. (Earlier post.) The results from this trial showed that the fuel, produced from 100% renewable inputs, is ideally suited to urban use and can make a significant contribution to reducing tailpipe emissions.

The Diesel R33 project is financed by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health (StMUG), the European Union, and various other partners. In addition to Neste Oil, the project’s partners include German universities, research institutions, automotive manufacturers, and other companies:

  • Coburg University of Applied Sciences
  • ASG - Analytik - Service Gesellschaft
  • Autohaus Heinrich-G. Bender GmbH & Co. KG
  • Bundesverband Freier Tankstellen e.V. (BFT)
  • Coburger Entsorgungs- und Baubetriebe (CEB)
  • Continental AG
  • Daimler AG
  • ERC Emissions-Reduzierungs-Concepte GmbH
  • HUK-Coburg-Allgemeine Versicherung AG
  • LASCO Umformtechnik GmbH
  • Steinbeis Transferzentrum Biokraftstoffe und Umweltmesstechnik
  • Städtischen Werke Überlandwerke Coburg GmbH
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
  • Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops - UFOP
  • Volkswagen AG
  • Erik Walther GmbH & Co. KG

Sustainability is an essential part of the project, and the sustainability of all the raw materials used will be monitored thoroughly throughout the project.


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