Marine Corps Base Hawaii testing B20

By | May 19, 2010
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Posted June 2, 2010

Pacific Biodiesel Inc. announced that the Marine Corps Base Hawaii is using a B20 blend of biodiesel for the first time as of May 28, part of the Biodiesel Demonstration in Tactical Vehicles Project. Pacific Biodiesel is donating the biodiesel, made locally from used cooking oil, for the project's initial fill-up.

"The military is one of the biggest consumers of petroleum in the country and Pacific Biodiesel is happy to be part of the solution to our energy security and sustainability issues," said Kelly King, Pacific Biodiesel vice president and director of marketing and communications. "The disastrous spill in the Gulf should be our last wake-up call that the true cost of petroleum is not accurately reflected at the pump and that we must reduce our dependency on fossil fuel."

Bob King, president of Pacific Biodiesel, said, "The military recognizing the importance of using biodiesel reinforces that it's an essential part of a sustainable energy future. Now it's time for Congress to take action and reinstate the expired tax credit that has 70 percent of the industry shut down."

This demonstration project will involve regular testing of fuel quality, fuel stability and operational parameters, and the results will support future efforts to use B20 in nontactical fleets by ensuring fuel quality and identifying appropriate environments for its use.

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