Shell and Malaysian Palm Oil Board in Joint Research on Straight Palm Oil Blending with Diesel

Many different types oils have been proposed for use as fuels in diesel engines. Fortunately one of the inherent advantages of diesel engines is that they can run on a wide variety of liquid fuels. That flexibility means that many different feed stocks that can grow in different climates and in different parts of the world can be used as a fuel.

Depending on climate in a region it may be possible to use the bio-diesel fuels straight or blended with petroleum diesels. That's because different oils solidify at different temperatures and a solid oil won't flow through a fuel system. If the climate is warm enough that there is no danger of gelling, different oils or blends can be used. Shell International Petroleum will form a joint venture with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board for trials of Envo diesel which is a blend of 5% palm oil and 95% petroleum diesel. Since Malaysia has a fairly tropical climate, palms grow quite well there. The joint venture will be operated out of a Shell facility in Kuala Lampur and will be tested in a variety of government vehicles and some fishing trawlers.

[Source: The Star of Malaysia via GreenCarCongress]

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