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April 01, 2016   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Who’s the leader of the (renewable diesel fuel) club that’s made for you and me?

… M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e


Imagine a diesel engine that is not running on diesel fuel. Now open your eyes! It’s not an imagination kind of thing, it’s reality. 

This month marks the one-year anniversary of when Walt Disney World Resort switched over its Guest Bus Fleet to run on a new and cleaner fuel known as R50, that’s a 50 percent blend of renewable diesel fuel made from used cooking oil, non-consumable food waste and 50 percent diesel fuel. 

The resort anticipated that this switch would be a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gases contributed to the environment.  The switch was made in the 337 guest buses of the Walt Disney World Transportation Bus Fleet, among the largest in Florida. 

Disney began testing renewable diesel or “RD” in its buses beginning in 2013. Honeywell’s UOP division is one of the leading technologies behind the renewable diesel fuel, through its proprietary Ecofining™ process.   Renewable fuels come from a variety of feedstocks including animal fats and greases and vegetable oil. Using renewable biofuels lowers carbon footprints, reduces emissions and reduces reliance on petroleum products. As private and municipal fleets seek out proven strategies to reduce emissions and improve their green performance, increasingly they are turning to diesel technology and a change in fuels. 

Switching to blends of biodiesel or renewable diesel fuels, like Disney did here, is a way to make a positive change in the very near term without breaking the bank for unavailable or unaffordable alternatives and then only on a small scale.



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