Updated: Mar 22, 2019
Near ZERO EMISSION DIESEL
Easily surpasses CARB Tier III and Euro 6 standards
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Alternative Energy Research test produces diesel emissions we can live with.
Referencing an article in Diesel Technology Forum https://www.dieselforum.org/policyinsider/low-hanging-fruit-on-the-climate-change-tree-renewable-fuels-in-gas-and-diesel-engines- an article that further references the California Energy Commission statement on the use of Biodiesel as the “low hanging fruit”in the fight against diesel exhaust emissions - AND - with all the confusion today in the world of vehicle emission testing as well as a great deal of misinformation about biodiesel, the only way to do an accurate test of a vehicles emissions is to measure it the way you use it: at the tailpipe under multiple and repeated real world driving conditions while not having the emission test equipment interfacing with the electronic vehicle controls.
NOTE:Test regimen and implementation was monitored and approved by
Dr. Kevin Kittredge, PhD
Batten Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department at
Virginia Wesleyan University.
Our test goals:
Prove the increased emission reduction ability of using a vehicle with modern emission controls designed for #2 petroleum diesel and demonstrate the ease with which they handle the much cleaner and less polluting properly produced biodiesel.
Prove the efficacy of using current production diesel engine technology to provide near zero emissions using B100 rather than a petro/biodiesel blend.
Meet or exceed CARB (California Air Research Board) Tier III and Euro 6 (European level 6) standards for ULEV (ultra low emission vehicle) and SULEV (super ultra low emission vehicle) diesel vehicles.
The PEMS or (portable emission measuring system) was used, which is designed for emissions measurement at the tailpipe in over the road conditions. Emission sampling was taken every 3 seconds and the average given for each test section.
Our test model was the WLTP (World Harmonized Light Vehicle Testing Protocol) that began 1 September 2018 replacing the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle).https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/102453/wltp-and-rde-economy-and-emission-tests-explained.https://www.bmw.com/en/innovation/wltp.html
Per the WLTP, testing was conducted using the Urban, Rural, and Interstate Highway regimen in triplicate tests using a different driver for each series (2 men and 1 woman) and the average of all data compiled as the test result.
Our B100 test vehicle was a 2014 Dodge Ram Eco Diesel 4X4.
Prior to testing, no emission system was added, removed, upgraded or changed in any way. The vehicle was equipped with a stock 3-liter diesel engine, stock SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system and a stock DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) all of which had been properly maintained.
The engine oil, oil filter, air filter and fuel filter were changed prior to testing. The vehicle had 82,000 miles on the odometer, all of which had been accumulated using #2 petroleum diesel.
Prior to all tests the vehicle was loaded to 95% of its Gross Vehicle Weight of 6,850 lbs.
Test fuel was B100 biodiesel produced using the Alternative Energy Research equipment and process methods.
The feedstock for producing the B100 was UCO (used cooking oil) of various origins: i.e. restaurant waste.
From this fuel production a sample was drawn and sent to Iowa Labs for standards compliance and a full slate ASTM BQ9000 approval was received.
The production and chain of custody for the sample to Iowa Labs were witnessed and verified by Dr. Kittredge.
Furthermore, Dr. Kittredge performed a secondary lab test using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and found the fuel contained no additives or substances other than pure 100% AER biodiesel.
NOTE: No Euro 6 conformity factor was used in calculating the test results.
AER B100 Emissions Test Results
NOTE: Although fuel economy was not of concern in this test, the vehicle did return a combined total for all testing phases of 25.4 MPG.
With over 12 years of experience using B100 in so many different makes of diesels, our goals (to us at least) were not that difficult to achieve. In millions of miles with Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Mercedes, Volkswagens, Isuzu and over the road tests in Class 8 trucks with Volvo, Cummings and Caterpillar engines, we already had a fairly accurate prediction of how the emission test would turn out. When modern diesels with modern emissions controls designed for petroleum diesel fuel are used with properly produced B100 biodiesel, returning dramatic emissions reductions isn’t that difficult.
As for surpassing the CARB III and Euro 6 standards well into the late 2020s, this can also be accomplished with existing diesel technology and fueling infrastructure. The California Energy Commission was correct in calling biodiesel the “low hanging fruit” in reducing diesel emissions. This reduction can be achieved without spending billions or even trillions on very expensive vehicle upcharges and infrastructure, all while dramatically reducing the use of fossil fuel.