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Biodiesel Handling and Use Guidelines (Fifth Edition)

This document is a guide for those who blend, distribute, and use biodiesel and biodiesel blends. It provides basic information on the proper and safe use of biodiesel and biodiesel blends in engines and boilers, and is intended to help fleets, individual users, blenders, distributors, and those involved in related activities understand procedures for handling and using biodiesel fuels.
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Biodiesel Farm Equipment Study 2011

The study was conducted at Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, and included eight agricultural producers using over 50 pieces of farm equipment ranging from sub-100-horsepower yard tractors to +500-horsepower, 4-wheel drive tractors. A wide range of combines and swathers and several engine brands and types were represented. Biodiesel-blended fuel was incorporated into the participants’ existing farm operations with no modifications to equipment, fuel storage facilities, or fuel handling practices.
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Effects of Long-Term Storage on Biodiesel Quality

In 2008, PAMI participated in a biodiesel demonstration project that included the cooperation of ten farmers who agreed to use biodiesel in their harvest equipment. Upon completion of this project, the biodiesel was left in the fuel tanks of the combines. Approximately nine months later, in August 2009, PAMI collected biodiesel samples for analysis of the remaining fuel in three of these combines. Fuel filters were also removed for analysis, to determine the composition of residual compounds on the filters.

In addition, PAMI also collected diesel, B5, B10, and B20 canola-based biodiesel blend samples that have been stored for approximately two years in outdoor above-ground storage tanks, without the use of any additives.

The results of this testing demonstrate that long-term storage of biodiesel blends up to concentrations of B20, for periods of up to two years, does not adversely affect the quality of the biodiesel to the point where it fails specification testing.

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Biodiesel Integration Pilot Study 2011

The key conclusion of the BISP is that biodiesel blends can be integrated in the Canadian climate through all seasonal conditions provided quality biodiesel is used, proper injection blending techniques are employed, and equipment is adequately maintained.

Other significant findings:

  1. There were no engine performance or maintenance issues related to the use of biodiesel blends during the study period.
  2. Based on the above analysis the JK Trucking fleet integrating B10 caused no mechanical or performance related concerns.
  3. The JK Trucking fleet operated from December 14, 2008 to March 14, 2009 and experienced no change in operation while employing a B10 blend. JK Trucking continues to operate a B10 in the trucking fleet. To date the fleet has used more than 2,500,000 litres of biodiesel-blended fuel.
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Alberta Renewable Diesel Demonstration 2010

The government of Canada has subjected biodiesel to a thorough series of on and off road testing. The Alberta Renewable Diesel Demonstration (ARDD) was Canada’s largest cold-weather study of renewable diesel fuels. This project successfully demonstrated the on-road use of low level renewable diesel blends in a range of Canadian climatic conditions.
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Climate Change Central – Industry Review – Fleet Operability in BC and Manitoba under Renewable Fuel Requirements for On-Road Diesel

The purpose of this review was to gather and share relevant information on fuel-related operability in transport markets in BC and Manitoba, where renewable fuels have been in the market for at least one year. It was carried out to inform and support Alberta’s transport fleets during the transition to blended fuels in Alberta.

C3 interviewed representatives from four stakeholder groups regarding their experiences since the addition of biofuels in the mandated markets of BC and Manitoba:

  • Fleets – a large cross-section of different sized fleets ranging in size from 10 to over 1,000 trucks representing over 2,500 trucks;
  • Motor Transport Associations – in BC and Manitoba;
  • Engine manufacturers – the three major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that represent the majority market share of heavy vehicle engines in western
  • Canada; Government regulators – in BC and Manitoba.

The conclusion of this review is that the use of renewable content in diesel fuel in BC and Manitoba has not caused any discernable impacts on overall fleet operability.

Note: Responses from motor transport industry representatives in western Canada in early 2013 are consistent the C3 review; biodiesel has been fully operable with no reported instances of negative impact on users.

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Policy, Markets & Decarbonization

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Alberta Bioenergy Producer Report Card

The Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group (ABPG) represents the companies that produce, or are developing projects to produce, bioenergy in the province of Alberta. The group represents an unprecedented collaboration across all bioenergy platforms (liquid biofuels, biogas, wood pellets and biomass heat and power), which have come together to articulate a strong vision and clear recommendations as to how to sustain and grow a vibrant bioenergy production sector.

The Bioenergy Producers Map identifies the 25 APBG member plants in Alberta; collectively, these companies represent 44 individual bioenergy projects. The Bioenergy Strategy Framework details specific recommendations to support growth in the sector to meet the twin goals of economic diversification and effective climate action. The Bioenergy Producer Report Card contains key industry details on investment, jobs, growth in bioenergy production, and greenhouse gas emission reductions, of bioenergy producers operating under the Bioenergy Producer Credit Program between 2007 – 2014. The Future Projections report extends the analysis to 2020, and includes new production facilities which are under development and construction now.

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Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), an initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), aims to demonstrate how countries can transform their energy systems by 2050 in order to achieve a low-carbon economy and significantly reduce the global risk of catastrophic climate change. DDPP Canada identifies global decarbonization trends that will affect Canada and our ability to achieve deep decarbonization. It focuses on identifying resilient pathways that policy can target regardless of eventual ambition, whether it is tentative, short-term steps or longer term shifts towards deeper reductions.

The project was developed in the context of 16 Country Research Teams, composed of leading research institutions from countries representing about 70% of global GHG emissions.

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Technology and Policy Options for a Low-Emission Energy System in Canada

The Council of Canadian Academies assembled an expert panel to conduct an independent, evidence-based assessment of the technology and policy options for transitioning to a low-emission energy system in Canada. Overall the Panel acknowledged that the technologies to move toward a low-emission energy system, and the policies that promote the use of those technologies, already exist, are well-understood, and are constantly improving.
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