Analytical Instrumentation

Biofuel Development and Standardisation

Jul 09 2009 Read 1316 Times

Author: Dr. Raj Shah on behalf of Koehler Instrument Company

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Currently, Biodiesel and Bioethanol are the two major forms of Biofuels being sold and distributed around the world. These fuels however, only represent a fraction of renewable fuel necessary to make an impact on the global energy crisis. There are multiple obstacles that still need to be overcome in order for these Biofuels to become a mainstream energy source. A major challenge originates from issues dealing with international trade and transportation of Biofuels. These issues range from feedstock costs and availability of feedstock to fuel quality and the International Compatibility of Biofuel Testing Standards. These fuels both face similar problems and steps are being taken toward resolving these issues. ASTM International has recently published new specifications for a broader range of Biodiesel Blends. Advancements in other bio- or alternative energy technology have widened the scope of what we see as feasible solutions to our energy problems. These developments and advances are a positive sign for the alternative fuels industry, and could result in a more timely solution to this global problem.

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