LS9, MAN to test ultra-clean diesel for Brazilian fleets

July 8, 2011 |

In California, LS9 announced a collaboration with MAN Latin America in Brazil, to test LS9’s renewable diesel in both stationary engines and operational fleet vehicles in Brazil. The project will include performance, emissions, fuel consumption and engine durability testing, as well as field testing of LS9’s biofuel in Volkswagen trucks and buses.

Roberto Cortes, president of MAN Latin America, said, “We want to offer more renewable and alternative fuels to our clients in Brazil and in other Latin American countries. These fuels do not contain benzene and have very low sulfur content — substances that are present in conventional diesel fuel. As society and governments seek to protect the environment, they increasingly prefer the use of renewable fuels in fleets for public transportation. That’s the reason we are broadening the range of possibilities with LS9 UltraCleanTM Diesel.”

LS9 UltraClean Diesel has been custom engineered to meet or exceed relevant diesel fuel standards while providing compelling economic and environmental benefits relative to petroleum diesel. The company’s current fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) product has achieved the key parameters of B100 (100 percent biodiesel) — ASTM 6751 (United States), EN 14214 (European Union), and ANP 7 (Brazil) standards. According to the company, LS9 UltraClean Diesel overcomes a number of the challenges of first-generation biodiesel, including high cost of production, poor oxidative stability, and/or poor cold flow.

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