Shell today announced that the Formula One fuel supplied for Scuderia Ferrari at the Canada Grand Prix contains an advanced biofuels component made in Canada from straw.
CALGARY, June 10 /CNW/ - This will be the first time an advanced biofuel has been used in the Shell V-Power race fuel used by technical partner Ferrari, in a Canadian Grand Prix.
Cellulosic ethanol, as an end fuel, is identical to ethanol but it can offer up to 90% less lifecycle CO(2) emissions than gasoline. It is a key part of Shell's strategic investment and development programme in sustainable biofuels.
The cellulosic ethanol was produced at Iogen Energy's demonstration plant in Ottawa, Canada, using non-food wheat straw and advanced conversion processes. Shell and Iogen are partners in the plant, which produced more than 500,000 litres of cellulosic ethanol last year.
Shell has been working closely together with Scuderia Ferrari since the middle of last year to develop a fuel that meets the new FIA regulations and maximises performance for the 2010 season.
Shell and Iogen Energy are working towards construction of a full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Saskatchewan Canada. The proposed project has met a number of significant milestones and feasibility and design assessment work are ongoing.
"We are delighted that the fuel we are supplying to Scuderia Ferrari this season contains an advanced bio-component derived from Iogen cellulosic ethanol" says Dr Lisa Lilley, Shell's Technology Manager for Ferrari. "This demonstrates our commitment to the development of sustainable, low carbon fuels. At Shell, we are accelerating the research, development and demonstration of advanced biofuels and we are committed to technical innovation through our motorsport activities."
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