Between E10 and B10: fears and facts on biofuels

Biofuel. The concept is the same for several non-fossil fuel origin, which are: bioethanol, biodiesel, biogas, bio-hydrogen, vegetable oil and synthetic fuels from biomass, short-BTL (Biomass to Liquid “, ie liquefied biomass). (BMU / B. Hiss)
2011-01-26 biofuel. The concept is the same for several non-fossil fuel origin, which are: bioethanol, biodiesel, biogas, bio-hydrogen, vegetable oil and synthetic fuels from biomass, short-BTL (Biomass to Liquid “, ie liquefied biomass). Too much at once! Laymen in this field of knowledge can be neither a clear picture of the advantages and disadvantages still make the risks that are associated with the orientation to a greater use of biofuels.

Now a congress of the biofuel industry in the ICC Berlin also gave answers to questions that deal with the producers and owners of motor vehicles. The recent debate about whether the offer is now coming into Super E10 fuel tolerated with ten percent of all admixture of bioethanol petrol engines, has shown how environmental exposures to rub against the practice. Of course you can suggest car owners that you check with the manufacturer of their vehicles if the new fuel tank can be harmless or why certain engines, perhaps most notably their seals, the blending of bioethanol get bad.

Pragmatically, however, not to expect car manufacturers to answer thousands of inquiries. But be car owner is left in uncertainty, you need about the growing discontent as no surprise. That not every environmental regulation with spice from the engine technology is accepted without damage is a fact. Can be derived from the manufacturer’s instructions warning that by no means tolerate any engine Super E10. And incidentally there are voices that the addition of ten percent ethanol had no contribution to climate protection. Statements, which can evaluate only those who are familiar with the matter. Everyone knows, however, that it is always tough, when ideology triumphs over reason and intellect will.

At the 8th International conference “Fuels of the Future” in Berlin with more than 450 participants from home and abroad had ample opportunity to underline the importance of biofuels. In the heavy jargon of the event was called the “experience of the implementation of sustainability criteria for biofuels in the practice, the resulting demands on the industry and the implications for market development of various biofuels.

The word “dioxin” was dedicated at a joint press conference of the Federal Association for Bioenergy (BBE) and the Union for Promoting Oil Association and Protein Plants (UFOP) the chairman of the Union, Dr. Klaus Kliem, right at the beginning of his speech that the current situation in terms of biodiesel was. By the headlines of the media in recent weeks, the entire biodiesel industry in the public is no fault of their suspicion. It was the biodiesel producers PETROTEC AG “declares the votes fatty acids properly. Known, had been “carried out the criminal act abroad.”

The economic situation of the biodiesel industry in Germany, Dr. Kliem outlined as follows: The current production capacity amounts to about five million tonnes. The restriction to a seven percent blending of biodiesel with diesel to leave but only a maximum addition of about 2.2 million tons of biodiesel. About 300,000 tonnes of biodiesel were sold in 2010 as a pure fuel. Valid until the end of 2012 biodiesel tax rate amounts to 18.6 cents per liter.

As we proceed with the addition of biodiesel? – A launch of let B10, given the standardization activities at European level certainly wait another two to three years away.

Earned criticism on biofuels Congress and the EU Commission. The reason for the slow pace of EU-wide implementation of criteria for sustainable agricultural production of biomass, is extracted from the biofuel. Germany is the first but also the only country that issued the basis of the EU criteria such arrangements for the detection of sustainable production and use of biomass already.

The German leadership but turns into a disadvantage. German producers have to accept that their certification of biofuels is a cost. In addition, the regulations implemented in Germany, and other supporting documents are “not long ago recognized by all EU states”. For example, is also the import of biomass from the neighboring countries for the production of biofuel limited to “lack of mutual recognition of systems.”

The EU Commission has been at the Berlin Congress of the biofuel industry urged to consider certification schemes submitted immediately to the national recognition with their implementation in all Member States to carry out as soon as possible. Germany had done his homework and realized the sustainability classes for biofuels.

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