- Regulation & Legislation
- New Jersey: 15-ppm Sulfur Limit on Heating Oil Starting July 2016
- Navistar Tells US EPA: Recall All Urea-SCR Diesel Engines
- CARB Non-Road Diesel Rule ‘Unneeded’ Thanks to CARB Data: AGC
- KiOR Wins US$75 Million Mississippi State Loan for Bio-Crude Scheme
- Goodyear, Avion Team-up on 100 mpg Diesel Car
- Twin Cat Engines: Recycling Hits U.S. EPA Tier-2 Locomotive Limits
- China Yuchai Touts Diesel Hybrid Engine Technology
- JM Unveils CARB-Approved DPF for Low-Temp Applications
- Distillate Markets
- Caltex Boosting Diesel Supplies in Australia
- UOP Wins BTL Project Contract from Rentech
- Syngas Wins Government Grant for BTL Project
- U.K. Biofuels Flunk Government ‘Green’ Standard
- Subsidized Vermont Biodiesel Plant Flops
- Market Report: ULSD Futures, Spots Mixed
- Distillate Watch
- Transport News
- Diesel Cars Beat EVs on Life-Cycle Enviro Impact: Swiss Study
- New Electric Bus Could Be Cheaper than Diesel over Life-Time
- Mitsubishi Debuts Pajero Diesel in Japan Market
- UK Trucking Ton-Kilometers Fall 13%; Diesel Taxes ‘Strangling’ Industry
- Audi-U.S. Diesel Sales Rise Again
- Cat Expands Brazil Diesel-Powered Machine Capacity
- VW-U.S. Diesel Sales Continue to Climb
Regulation & Legislation
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials announced August 31 that they’ve adopted a two-step schedule for heating oil (gasoil) desulfurization, with a 15 parts-per-million (ppm) sulfur limit starting July 1, 2016.
Navistar officials told U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month that all diesel engines employing urea-selective catalytic reduction must be recalled and replaced with systems that ensure compliance with EPA’s 2010 limits on diesel nitrogen oxides emissions.
Associated General Contractors officials announced that “California Air Resources Board abandoned its original estimates of off-road diesel emissions today [August 31], conceding that its ‘off-road [diesel emissions] rule’ is not needed to meet ambitious goals for the off-road equipment in the construction and certain other industries.”
Texas-based KiOR officials announced August 30 that they’ve reached agreement with the state of Mississippi for US$75 million in state loans that will aid construction of five “commercial-scale” bio-crude production plants.
Goodyear tire officials announced September 2 that their technology helped boost fuel economy on a development-stage diesel passenger car to more than 100 miles per gallon (mpg).
Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach a new Cat old tricks, Norfolk Southern railroad officials are learning.
China Yuchai International officials announced August 31 that the company’s diesel hybrid powertrain technology 's “has achieved the highest technical standards within China.”
Johnson Matthey (JM) officials on September 1 unveiled a new “CRT” diesel particulate filter (DPF) that not only meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) limits on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) slip but also enables DPF application on engines with relatively low exhaust temperatures.
Before the global recession knocked the wind out of high-flying diesel/distillate demand trends, some refining industry pundits began to wonder whether global refiners were moving fast enough to boost middle distillate capacity – and coincidentally trim gasoline capacity to match sagging gasoline demand growth.
Several commercial diesel cars such as today’s Euro-5 Volkswagen and Ford vehicles sold in Europe actually can deliver a better net life-cycle environmental impact than pure battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a new study by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology agency.
Colorado-based Proterra officials announced August 31 that they’ve developed a new electric transit-bus scheme that over the typical 12-year lifetime of the vehicle (including recharge station costs) could actually be cheaper than a conventional clean-diesel transit bus.
Mitsubishi officials announced last week that they’ll debut a diesel version of the Pajero sport-utility vehicle (SUV) in the Japan market on September 16.
The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) announced August 31 that heavy goods vehicles (HGVs of more than 3.5 metric tons gross vehicle weight) hauled 13% fewer tons-kilometers of goods in 2009 versus 2008.
Audi officials reported September 1 that they set new records for vehicle sales in the U.S. market in August 2010, with “TDI” clean-diesel models showing more gains.
Caterpillar officials announced September 1 that they’re expanding backhoe and wheel loader machine capacity in Latin America and allowing for capacity expansion for other products made in Brazil.
Volkswagen of America officials announced September 1 that U.S. sales declined 7.9% in August 2010 compared to August 2009, but diesel car sales continue to climb.
Caltex officials announced August 30 that they’re proceeding with plans to boost diesel fuel supply in Western Australia in response to the area’s mining boom.
UOP officials announced September 1 that their “Unionfining” and “Unicracking” processes were selected for Rentech’s in-development “Rialto” biomass-to-liquids (BTL) project in California.
Australia-based Syngas Ltd. officials announced August 31 that they’ve won a share of an A$300,000 (US$272,000) grant from state government agency, Renewables South Australia, for crop investigations tied to a future biomass-to-liquids fuels plant.
According to the U.K.’s Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA), most of the biodiesel and ethanol sold in the British market doesn’t meet “green” standards for net greenhouse gas reduction.
Despite a US$645,000 Vermont state loan, the Biocardel Vermont biodiesel plant has shut down and the state has yet to recoup its money, according to a report from Burlington Free Press (Vermont).
Ultra low sulfur diesel prices in major world spot and futures markets began to diverge between Europe and North America last week.
ULSD spot and futures price movements diverged between North America and Europe last week.