Brazil’s ANP approves B15, raises minimum biodiesel level to 11%

By Ron Kotrba | August 06, 2019

Brazil’s National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) announced Aug. 6 it has approved the sale and use of B15 and that, come Sept. 1, it is increasing the minimum biodiesel content required in diesel fuel from 10 to 11 percent. The announcement comes after Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy published its final report on B15 on Aug. 2, giving a green light for ANP to approve B15.

The MME’s B15 report is part of the National Biofuels Policy, RenovaBio, and was first published in May after three years of collaboration between public and private entities.

With support from the Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineering (AEA), the National Institute of Technology and various companies performed fuel, engine and vehicle tests and presented their respective reports. The May report demonstrated concerns over deployment of B15, with the main point of contention being the definition of the oxidation stability parameter for the biodiesel/diesel mixture, provided in ANP Resolution 45, dated Aug. 25, 2014.

Last month, ANP held a hearing that resulted in the determination of the mandatory additive of biodiesel with an antioxidant, establishing a new specification limit for the oxidation stability characteristic as established in ANP Resolution 798 dated Aug. 1, 2019. The new requirement is 12 hours in the accelerated test vs. the previous eight-hour minimum.

The MME said the report and its findings, which can be accessed here, are an important step towards the development of biodiesel and of automotive technologies in Brazil and worldwide.


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