February 2008

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Second-generation renewable diesel offers advantages

Hydrotreated vegetable oils are more compatible with engine design and operations

Mikkonen, S., Neste Oil Corp.

Owners of automotive vehicles in developed countries have had the privilege of using high-quality fuels for a long time: fuels with ultra-low or zero sulfur content and that are practically free of ash and deposit-forming fractions. For engines and emission control systems, this has resulted in longer unit service lives, less repairs and maintenance, and extended oil-change intervals. "Fit for purpose" is an essential requirement, in addition to limit values set by legislation and fuel standards. "Bio" should not be used as an excuse to allow poorer fuel quality from the point of view of engines, emission control systems, or regulated and unregulated emissions. In fact, fuel requirements a

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