Cold weather biodiesel study great news for canola industry



    WINNIPEG, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - The latest research from the Alberta Renewable
Diesel Demonstration (ARDD) affirms the functionality of canola as a feedstock
for renewable diesel in cold weather conditions, says JoAnne Buth, president
of the Canola Council of Canada.
    "The ARDD research makes it clear that canola biodiesel and canola-based
blends are particularly well-suited to perform well in cold winter climates,"
says Buth. "These findings create further confidence that Canada can meet the
biodiesel inclusion standards established by the federal government and two
provincial governments, Alberta and BC."
    The ARDD study, Canada's largest cold-weather study of renewable diesel
fuels, involved laboratory testing followed by actual on-road use of renewable
diesel blends. In their announcement, the ARDD said the study used a 2% blend
of canola-derived renewable diesel in winter months, and a 5% blend in the
spring and summer comprised of 75% canola and 25% tallow. The blends performed
without problems in cold temperatures.
    The study findings come on the heels of federal and provincial biodiesel
standard initiatives. Bill C-33 passed by Canadian Parliament will require a
2% inclusion of biodiesel in heating oil and diesel fuel by 2012. The new
Alberta Renewable Fuel Standard requires 2% biodiesel fuel blends in the
province by 2010. The B.C. government earlier this year announced a 5%
biodiesel standard by 2010. Saskatchewan and Manitoba have also signaled
support for provincial renewable fuel requirements but have yet to implement
their own standards.
    The Canola Council strongly supports a vibrant, canola-based biodiesel
industry that involves "made in Canada" solutions to benefit canola growers
and all Canadians.
    "Biodiesel is providing a new market for canola, and it allows canola
producers to participate in the full value chain," says Buth. "It's good for
producers, the environment and for all Canadians."

    
    Direct supporters of the study were:

    -   Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food program of Agriculture
        and Agri-Food Canada
    -   Biofuels Commercialization and Market Development Program, and
        Biofuels Infrastructure Development Program from Alberta Energy
    -   Canadian Petroleum Products Institute
    -   Canola Council of Canada
    -   Shell Canada Ltd (in-kind and project partner)
    

    There was also some additional support from Milligan BioTech, Neste Oil,
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (via BBI Biofuels Canada), and Alberta
Biodiesel Association (via Canadian BioEnergy).
    Visit www.canolabiodiesel.org for more facts about canola-based
biodiesel.





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