AGQM Biodiesel Event Completes Year 5

Fifth annual conference takes place in Berlin
By Luke Geiver | November 21, 2011

For the fifth year in a row, the Biodiesel Quality Management Association (AGQM) has held its annual biodiesel conference. The 2011 event took place in Berlin and companies participating included Evonik Industries AG, Albermarle Catalyst BV, Shell Global Solutions GmbH and Volkswagen AG. Topics covered at the event included a presentation based on a comprehensive study that evaluated the contents of metals in exhaust aftertreatment systems. The study showed that the metals in the aftertreatment systems were “comparatively low,” according to AGQM, compared to the original source, engine oil.

Also addressed at the conference were the negative impacts of export practices of both Argentina and Indonesia, which have hindered Spain's biodiesel industry, limiting its production to only 17 percent of capacity, according to AGQM.

The major car manufacturer, PSA Peugeot Citroen, stated its support of the use of higher blends (B30), inferring that engines could handle such blends, and UFOP stated that it is currently investigating the expanded market potential for biodiesel-blended heating oil.

—Luke Geiver

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