The National Biodiesel Board is working diligently to ensure that the quality of biodiesel fuels is kept at a high level. Since biodiesel can have problems with gelling at cold temperature if it's not well refined, the NBB and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been funding a national fuel quality testing program. The test program found that between November 2005 and July 2006, one-third of the samples checked were out of spec. The incomplete processing that caused these test failures resulted in fuel filter clogging problems last winter in Minnesota.
The biodiesel industry has been growing at a tremendous rate in the past couple of years and as the industry's trade organization, NBB wants to make sure that consumers have a good experience with their product. If drivers experience damage to their vehicles caused by bad fuel, they'll start avoiding biodiesel. It's in the industry's best interest to ensure that customers have a positive experience. To help ensure fuel quality, NBB has encouraged producers to get BQ-9000 certified. BQ-9000 is a quality control standard for biodiesel producers. Last year there were three accredited producers and now their are seventeen, representing 40 percent of the domestic industry.

To help avoid problems this winter, NBB has issued a winter weather advisory to fleet managers, distributors and consumers of bio-diesel. This involves recommendations to work with reputable suppliers, to buy fuel only from BQ-9000 accredited producers, and to report out of spec fuels.

[Source: National Biodiesel Board]


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