Scania, Neste to try biobased diesel
Jun 19, 2007 10:25 AM
Scania, Stockholm, Sweden, has joined forces with Neste in Finland to try out a new low-emission biobased diesel that is produced in a facility in southern Finland, according to Scania information.
The new fuel, NExBTL, will be subjected to environmental and operational trials, starting in autumn 2007, and lasting until the end of 2010. The tests involve monitoring of exhaust emissions and engine condition with different mixes of the fuel into standard diesel in distribution vehicles and shuttle vessels in the Stockholm region, as well as city buses in Helsinki.
The fuel is tailored to diesel combustion, and efficiency remains high, NOx emissions are down almost 20 percent, and particulates close to 30 percent, compared to standard diesel. In addition, the fuel reduces fossil CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent, Scania said.
The company also said that its third generation ethanol engines achieve the same efficiency as a conventional diesel engine, while meeting emission levels according to Euro 5 standards, which will be introduced in 2009.
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