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Brazil’s B5 Biodiesel Test Starts Using Soy and Castor Bean

Brazil's biodiesel

Brazil's biodiesel This week, Brazilian government-controlled oil company Petrobras began testing its B5 Biodiesel, a conventional diesel oil containing 5% of biodiesel. The company intends to commercialize the fuel next year, anticipating the law requiring mandatory use of 5% of biodiesel in conventional diesel, which should become effective in 2013.

The project, jointly developed by the government of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, Ford, the University of Salvador (Unifacs – Bahia), Siemens VDO, MWM International, TI Automotive, Mahle, and Michelin, forecasts that six Ford Ranger vehicles should drive for 100,000 kilometers over a nine-month period in the state of Bahia.

Two types of biodiesel extracted from oleaginous plants will be used, one from castor bean, and another from soy. Two vehicles will test the biodiesel produced from castor bean, two will use soy biodiesel, and two other vehicles will run on regular diesel.

After the tests are completed, there will be an assessment of performance, emission of pollutants and abrasion caused by biodiesel to each motor, compared with conventional diesel. The quality of the fuels used will be monitored by laboratory tests using portable equipment.

Petrobras already sells, in 4,000 units of its network, its B2 Biodiesel, a diesel oil containing 2% of biodiesel. This percentage will be mandatory beginning in 2008. Petrobras already owns several biodiesel plants and, by 2011, the company should be producing 855 million liters of biodiesel per year.



  • Show Comments (2)

  • Ric

    Before 1900 pioneer auto makers were using castor oil in crankcases for lubricating oil. ThatÀ‚´s where Castrol got itÀ‚´s name. None of this is exactly space age tech.

  • CH.C.

    Quite laughable………
    Brazil criticize the USA of producing ethanol with corn…for many reasons including the Food Effect….but not when Brazil is producing biodiesel produced with Soyabeans !!!!!!
    It happens that Soyabeans has more proteins than corn !!!!!!!

    Strange…inst it ? No so…in my view ! Typically Brazilian ONLY !!!!!!!!

    More contradictory than Brazilians there is not !!!!!!!

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