What are the New Pitfalls & Quality Assurance for Biofuels Today? (Part II)

Advanced bio components such as hydrotreated refined & Fisher Tropsch refined diesel are now entering the market.

30 January 2013

Advanced bio components such as hydrotreated refined & Fisher Tropsch refined diesel are now entering the market. These products are very comparable to the mineral diesel characteristics with even superior performance and can be derived from waste products so there is no conflict with the food chain. While distribution of biofuels and novel fuels can lead to contamination issues, quality monitoring throughout the supply chain of advanced bio components is vital to the good performance of the engine.

Other concerns can be made around the risk of non-harmonized introduction and blending across several key areas including: 27 national different strategies; the need for a common EU Fuel Roadmap; the necessity for fuel specifications (in many cases test methods are lacking behind industrial developments); and the risk of customer confusion at the pump with multiple fuel grades and non-harmonized pump labeling in EU.

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Today’s expert blogger is Kurt Tyssen, Business Line Manager, Analytical Assessment, EAME, Intertek. Kurt is based in Antwerp and is leading the biofuels and bio aviation fuel services for the last several years for Intertek within the European region.