The National Renewable Energy Laboratory presented the results of a study Tuesday at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla. that show a big improvement in fuel quality from a 2006 study.
According to the study 90% of the samples met national fuel quality standards. Results also showed that biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil was as likely to meet specifications as soybean oil or other more common feedstocks. Plants certified by the industry's voluntary quality control program, BQ-9000, consistently hit the standards. The National Biodiesel Board can be credited with some of that success as a result of their aggressive fuel quality outreach program.
"In the summer of 2006, our Board of Directors put into place a strong fuel quality policy with the goal of increasing the level of in-specification biodiesel in the U.S. to 100%," said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. "The NBB's outreach efforts with enforcement agencies and our investment in the BQ-9000 program have yielded terrific results, and we'll continue to push for 100%."
NBB is working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Internal Revenue Service and state Divisions of Weights and Measures to ensure regulatory laws on fuel quality are being enforced. They are also investing more resources into BQ-9000. Currently about 75% of biodiesel producers are certified under the program.