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February 18, 2021   |  


Biodiesel targets fuel debate in trucking industry

“Most diesel engines are approved to operate on blends of high-quality biodiesel up to 20%, and a few new engines on blends up to 30%,” says Kristen Gifford, spokeswoman with the Diesel Technology Forum. “Some older engines still in use may be approved to operate on blends at 5%.”

“This gets to be very kind of personal,” says Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “If you look at the manufacturer recommendations and any government requirements, as long as the fuel is meeting [BQ9000] spec’s, then theoretically it should be fine.”

“Today’s biodiesel is a much higher quality refined product than people might have seen in smaller batches 15 to 20 years ago,” he adds.

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