- Regulation & Legislation
- ATA Favors Bill Hiking U.S. Diesel Fuel Tax
- CARB, Industry Agree to Delay Non-Road Diesel Cleanup Schedule
- CARB Low Carbon Fuel Standard Workshops Oct. 14-15
- Diesel Hybrid Cars: Advantage When CO2Regulations Toughen
- Fischer-Tropsch Diesel Fuel Works Remarkably Well in PCCI Engine
- Particle Filter Debuts for Dirtiest ‘Tier 0’ Diesel Engines
- CARB Verifies JM’s ‘AdvCCRT’ Filter for 5% Biodiesel Blend
- Cat Wins Seismic, Wind Certifications for Diesel Gen-Sets
- GM: Higher Cetane Aids Ultra-Clean CARB LEV-3 Compliance
- Diesel Truck APUs Turn to Lithium-Ion Batteries
- Distillate Markets
- Malaysia Won’t Mandate Biodiesel Blends Before Mid-2011
- Linde Launches Pipeline Hydrogen Delivery to Shell for ULSD
- Headwaters, Neste Report Improved Hydrocracking Scheme
- Ecopetrol, Solazyme Ink Algae-Diesel R&D Deal
- ARC Wins 1st U.S. Patent for ‘GDiesel’ Process; Zero-Subsidy Alt-Fuel Diesel
- Foster Wheeler Reports ‘Encouraging’ Results from Algae Processing in Coker
- Enviros See Disaster Coming from Algae Biofuels
- CTL Diesel Lower on CO2 Tank-to-Wheel than Conventional Diesel
- Market Report: ULSD Futures, Spots Flatten
- Distillate Watch
- Transport News
- Volvo Takes Diesel-Hybrid Buses to Brazil, Colombia, Mexico
- Peugeot Touts Diesel ‘3008 HYbrid4’ Passenger Vehicle
- Pilot/Flying J Would Host LNG/CNG Refueling at Diesel Truckstops
- San Francisco Joins ‘Cold Ironing’ Movement to Cut Diesel Ship Pollution
- Navistar’s U.S. EPA 2010-Compliant Vehicles: 23,000 Orders So Far
Regulation & Legislation
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) announced October 6 that it is backing federal legislation (HR 6313) introduced by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) that would eliminate the current 12% federal excise tax (FET) on the purchase of new trucking equipment.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) jointly announced October 7 that they’ve agreed upon a new plan to delay CARB non-road diesel emissions cleanup deadlines to Jan. 1, 2014, rather than March 2010 under the original regulatory scheme.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is holding two more “expert work group” workshops on its Low Carbon Fuel Standard rules October 14-15 in Sacramento and in Davis, Calif.
Future regulation/legislation imposing tougher vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) limits – as expected in North America, Europe, Japan and elsewhere – could help tip the balance in favor of diesel-electric hybrid passenger vehicles.
Premixed charge compression ignition (PCCI, sometimes called “PCI”) is seen by engine companies and automakers as a promising technology for reducing criteria tailpipe pollutant emissions while preserving diesel’s fuel-economy advantages.
California-based Transfer Flow on October 7 unveiled a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that would slash 85% of soot emissions from the dirtiest “Tier 0” stationary and portable non-road diesel engines.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced October 7 that it has extended the verification of the Johnson Matthey Advanced Catalyzed Continuously Regenerating Technology (“AdvCCRT”) diesel particulate filter system to include situations where diesel fuel is mixed with up-to-5% biodiesel.
Caterpillar announced October 5 that it won International Building Code (IBC) seismic certifications for diesel generator sets ranging from 650 kiloWatts to 3,100 kW, while enclosed models from 650kW to 1,000 kW have received certification for compliance with wind load provisions.
GM found in tests that higher cetane diesel fuel can improve prospects for compliance with upcoming California Air Resources Board (CARB) “LEV-3” ultra-low-emissions standards.
Just as electric vehicles (EVs) are turning to lithium-ion battery technology, so are diesel truck auxiliary power units (APUs) for “emission-free” air conditioning while idling.
The giant ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, in November plan to adopt a pioneering (and controversial) “San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan” (CAAP) that has potential for becoming a model for ultra-low diesel emissions at major marine ports around the world, covering both ship- and land-based diesel controls.
Volvo announced October 5 that it is bringing diesel-electric hybrid buses to Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, following the launch earlier this year of serial production of such hybrids and sales of some 150 diesel hybrid buses in Europe.
Peugeot officials put Malika Menard, Miss France 2010, into their newly unveiled diesel “3008 HYbrid4” car at the Paris Auto Show October 4 – adding glitz to low-carbon environmental correctness.
California-based compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel supplier Clean Energy announced on October 5 that it has signed a deal with U.S. diesel truckstop chain Pilot/Flying J, enabling installation of CNG/LNG fueling stations.
The Port of San Francisco announced October 6 that it’s now the first in California (and the fourth port in the world) to hook up a cruise ship to onshore electricity (“cold ironing”), enabling shut-down of the ship’s diesel engines and the resulting air pollution while at berth.
Navistar announced October 4 that it has shipped more than 7,000 trucks and buses meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010 emissions limits since start of full production in June 2010.
Malaysia Plantations and Commodities Minister Bernard Dompok announced October 4 that a proposed scheme to force the blending of biodiesel into petroleum diesel won’t take effect before June 2011, four years after the original plan.
Linde announced October 6 that it has begun to supply hydrogen via a new, US$50-million, 14-mile pipeline to Shell’s Deer Park, Texas, refinery.
U.S.-based Headwaters and Finland-based Neste Oil announced October 6 that the Headwaters “HCAT” liquid precursor catalyst improved resid hydrocracking conversion to diesel and gasoline in tests at Neste’s Porvoo refinery.
California-based Solazyme announced October 7 that it has signed a “phase 3” research and development (R&D) agreement for algae-based diesel fuel technology with Ecopetrol, the mostly state-owned oil company of Colombia.
Nevada-based Advanced Refining Concepts (ARC) announced October 8 that it won its first U.S. patent for the “GDiesel” process that turns natural gas into diesel fuel – but without conventional (and relatively expensive) methane reforming followed by Fischer-Tropsch diesel synthesis.
Foster Wheeler late last month reported what they term as “encouraging” results of tests involving processing PetroAlgae biomass in an oil refinery delayed coking unit.
Environmental group Friends of the Earth on September 30 released a report warning policymakers of the “dangers of misguided attempts by the biotechnology industry to apply synthetic biology to the climate crisis, including the production of synthetic biofuels.”
While coal-to-liquids (CTL) takes a rap from environmentalists on lifecycle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, at least the tank-to-wheel CO2is lower than conventional petroleum diesel.
Ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) prices in key spot and futures markets mostly flattened late last week (compared to the prior week), as the markets had mostly priced-in the effects of French refinery strikes.
Distillate prices mostly stayed flat last week compared to the prior week.