Bio Fuel and The Future

December 29th, 2009

I notice you are including an article about burning used vegetable oil. Is this what the future holds for us? Or will manufacturers come up with something else?

Dear Editor,

I notice you are including an article about burning used vegetable oil. Is this what the future holds for us? Or will manufacturers come up with something else?

We’re just as interested in what will happen with diesel fuel as everyone else, so we are in the middle of researching several stories that will appear in future issues. Turns out that bio-fuel, whether it is made from corn, nuts, switchgrass or beans, is very likely to become a part of our future. This is more of an emissions requirement than anything else-low sulfur petroleum, coupled with a percentage of vegetable oil will be a favorable combination when it comes to making ’07 emissions regulations. Vegetable oil has the added benefit of a higher cetane rating than petroleum, so it may be sold like high-octane fuel is today. Meanwhile, all kinds of different fuels are being tried out these days, some with considerable appeal. What do the OE manufacturers think of the idea of running pure bio fuel? How much will it cost, and when will it happen? We’re already working on it for our next issue.

 

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