Heavy Duty Trucking

SEP 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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Genifuel was recently licensed to use technology from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, who developed a way to quicken the process of creating biofuel from algae. Other feedstocks, such as corn stover, wood, animal manure, municipal solid waste, wastewater sludge, and food pro- cessing waste, could also be used in a similar process, but, according to Oyler, algae works will with the hydrother- mal process since it is already wet and easy to convert to fuel. Currently, the process is too expensive for use to process fuels, but the company is working to rectify that. "The fuels refined from our bio-crude are almost identi- cal to fossil fuels, so it's all a matter of price, after whatever incentives are being offered," Oyler says. "If you could have a biofuel that came from the same refinery as fossil fuel, and was competitively priced after incentives, and you knew it had environ- mental benefits, it would just blend right into the existing fuel supply." Is conversion the key? When it comes to conver- sion, the engine also falls into the equation. Since many fleets run vehicles that were not made to burn 100% biofuels, some com- panies have created conver- sion systems that enable existing commercial diesel engines to use of a wide variety of renewable fuels ranging from 100% biodiesel to various advanced biofuels. One of those companies is Optimus Technologies. "Right now the market is flooded with 'green' solu- tions," says Colin Huwyler, CEO of Optimus. "People are significantly overlooking the upfront costs for stations, training, vehicle upgrades, maintenance facilities, etc." According to Huwyler, the biofuel industry is on an upswing and entering a new phase. A case for biofuel can be made based on the numerous available sources, he says. Huwyler is seeing growing interest in the company's fuel partner program from existing refineries. "These facilities can use their existing equipment with new processing techniques to produce advanced biofuels with lower per gallon production costs and lower lifecycle energy requirements and emissions," says Huwyler. The Optimus conversion system bolts onto existing engines, which allows fleets to use existing fuels and ac- commodate new fuels as they emerge. "Our goal is that our technology will help the com- mercialization path of new fuels and in turn new fuels entering the market can help to further reduce the overall costs of biofuels," says Huwyler. n Smart tires cross-trained for durability and verifi ed fuel savings Double Coin built the OptiGreen™ Series for people driven to ride on more than a strong and durable tire. The EPA SmartWay ® Verifi ed, ultra premium OptiGreen Series reduces rolling resistance and lowers fuel costs. That's why more and more carriers insist on Double Coin to meet their needs in performance and savings. FT125 ©2014 CMA, LLC. www.doublecointires.com Fuel Effi cient Tire Line SMART TIRES BUILT TO OVERCOME RESISTANCE Circle 154 on Reader Action Card www.truckinginfo.com SEPTEMBER 2014 • HDT 97 "It's difficult to reduce the biofuel industry down to one single status, because the industry is so diverse." — Brian Siu, Natural Resources Defense Council.

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