Renewable Diesel Blends Perform in Cold Weather

    CALGARY, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - The Alberta Renewable Diesel Demonstration
(ARDD), Canada's largest cold-weather study of renewable diesel fuels, has
successfully demonstrated the on-road use of low level renewable diesel blends
in a range of Canadian climatic conditions.
    "The ARDD has confirmed the operability of low level renewable diesel
blends in the cold weather conditions tested, and has provided practical
information and operational experience to stakeholders in the Canadian diesel
fuel industry," says John Rilett, Vice President of Climate Change Central,
the organization managing the demonstration.
    "Biofuels provide significant environmental benefits when implemented in
a sustainable way," said Energy Minister Mel Knight of the project. "Energy
research is a part of our Provincial Energy Strategy and renewable energy
sources are making an increasingly important contribution to Alberta's energy
portfolio and to our objective of clean energy production."
    "The Government of Canada continues to support research through our
renewable fuels strategy," said Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and
Agri-food Canada. "These new sources of cleaner renewable energy will not only
offer new market opportunities, but new jobs for rural communities and
    Designed as a two-phased approach, the ARDD involved laboratory testing
followed by real-world use of renewable diesel blends by Alberta trucking
fleets. The on-road demonstration, which ran from December 2007 to September
2008, put first- and second- generation renewable diesel fuels on the road in
59 long-haul commercial vehicles across Alberta. During winter months, two
types of two per cent renewable diesel blends were used: fatty acid methyl
ester (FAME) and hydrogenated-derived renewable diesel (HDRD). During the
spring and summer, five per cent blends of HDRD and FAME (comprised of 75 per
cent canola methyl ester and 25 per cent tallow methyl ester) were dispensed.
    "This critical demonstration project confirms similar adverse condition
tests in the USA and Europe. Biodiesel is a viable tool in diversifying our
energy supply and reducing green house gases in some of the harshest of
Canadian weather conditions," says Gordon Quaiattini, President, Canadian
Renewable Fuels Association.
    All fuels dispensed in the demonstration were precisely blended with a
commercial-grade, injection blending system, typical of what would be
anticipated once the federal Renewable Fuel Standard is implemented. The
blended fuels met Canadian General Standards Board specifications for quality
and cold weather performance, including cloud points for the areas of
Edmonton, Lloydminster and Calgary where the fuels were dispensed. The ARDD
was Canada's first demonstration to include ultra low sulphur kerosene for the
adjustment of cloud points.
    "Shell's commitment to reliable, quality fuels was the driving force
behind our participation as the ultra low sulphur diesel fuel supplier and
renewable diesel blender for the project," says Les Markiewicz, Shell Canada's
General Manager, Commercial Fuels. "Key operational findings will build on
Shell's global expertise to implement biofuels best suited for the challenging
Canadian climate."
    Managed by Climate Change Central, this multi-stakeholder demonstration
was sponsored and supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Advancing
Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program, Alberta Energy's Biodiesel
Commercialization and Market Program and Biodiesel Infrastructure Development
Program, Shell Canada Limited, Canadian Bioenergy Corporation, Canadian
Renewable Fuels Association, Canola Council of Canada, Milligan Bio-Tech,
Natural Resources Canada, Neste Oil and the Canadian Petroleum Products
Institute. Trucking companies involved in the demonstration included Rosenau
Transport Ltd., Hi-Way 9, First Bus Canada, Gibson Energy Ltd. and CF Managing
Movement Ltd.
    Full results from the demonstration are listed in the final report
available at

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For further information: John Rilett, Climate Change Central, (403)

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