Heavy Duty Trucking

SEP 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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its 2015 target. "Now our sights are set on 10% by 2022," wrote Scott in a post on the organization's website. "Our industry track record proves that we are good at setting responsible goals for bio- diesel volume growth. While setting those goals requires some balance between overreaching and stagnation, we cannot overreach when it comes to investing in science." Looking to a 'greener' biofuel Some companies are looking to another potential biofuel feedstock: algae. About eight years ago, Genifuel Corp. began playing with the idea to convert wet organic material (usually wastes) into biofuels. The process, known as hydrothermal processing, can make bio-crude oil, methane (natural gas), or both together. "Essentially we do in 30 minutes what nature does in 30 million years — apply temperature and pressure to wet organic matter to make oil and gas," says James Oyler, president of Genifuel. "This process solves two problems at once, in that it cleanly disposes of wet wastes and produces renewable fuels. The liquid fuels come from the bio-crude oil, which can be refined just like fossil crude oil to yield a full range of fuels, such as gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel." that is derived from waste with little or no land requirements." According to Siu, large fleet opera- tors can play a valuable role by stating a preference for biofuels that are certified sustainable by a credible certification system. By seeking demonstrably sus- tainable biofuels, it will help insulate Circle 111 on Reader Action Card the fleet operator against unintended environmental outcomes — and offer a marketable "green" message. Don Scott, director of sustainabil- ity for the National Biodiesel Board, points to the fact that the NBB has already met its goal of producing 5% of U.S. diesel fuel volumes ahead of 96 HDT • SEPTEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a way to transform a mix- ture of algae and water into a form of crude oil in less than an hour. PHOTO COURTESY OF PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY ALTERNATIVE FUEL

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