Encouraging words from those using B10.POSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 26 July 2017
I would have loved to witness the emission tests of the DBKL vehicles because if these results are replicable, MPOB should shout about this finding to the whole world.
“The use of B10 biodiesel also saved a bit of fuel. We normally consume about 11 litres per hour but with the B10 biodiesel, that consumption was reduced to 10 litres per hour,” said Hamdan Main, the operator of DBKL’s only wheeled Hitachi excavators.
“What is visibly obvious is the reduced smoke emissions when the machine is in use.”
For five-ton lorry driver Rahman Ismail, the difference in power between the B10 biodiesel and the current grade of commercially available diesel was negligible. He averages between 70km and 80km a day and is primarily responsible for ferrying heavy loads of tree trimmings.
The same sentiment was shared by Ballu Subayan, 36, who drives DBKL’s general workers in the Nissan Navara pick-up truck daily.
B10 biodiesel is a blend of 10% palm methyl ester and 90% fossil fuel. Malaysian diesel of Euro2 and Euro5 grade is of B7 biodiesel – the universally accepted grade.
B10 however is not yet supported by engine manufacturers and MPOB plans to have the grade validated by an independent and internationally recognised laboratory.
If the palm oil B10 grade is certified to meet the specifications of world carmakers, it will increase the global demand for palm oil.
Even if it doesn’t meet the requirements of carmakers and diesel fuel injection system vendors such as Bosch, Continental, Delphi and Denso, the use of B10 biodiesel in the undemanding climates of tropical Asia will boost the demand for palm oil considerably.
The introduction of B10 and B7 for the transport and industrial sectors is estimated to reduce emissions equivalent to 600,000 cars on the road.
The use of biodiesel in Malaysia started with B5 in 2011 and B7 in 2014.