Rentech's Synthetic RenDiesel Fuels Audi A3 TDI
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2010
Rentech has announced that its synthetic RenDiesel fuel will power an Audi A3 TDI during the Green Cars LA Auto Show Ride and Drive event, hosted by Green Car Journal.
During the event, credentialed journalists will experience the performance of synthetic RenDiesel fuel in Green Car Journal's 2010 Green Car of the Year, an honor awarded to the Audi A3 TDI at last year's LA Auto Show. Last month, two Audi A3 TDIs performed "flawlessly," according to Audi and Green Car Journal editors, during the first-ever extended drive using synthetic RenDiesel fuel.
The four-day, 1000 mile endurance drive, part of the '2010 Green Car of the Year Tour'TM, demonstrated that synthetic drop-in RenDiesel fuel and diesel vehicles such as the Audi A3 TDI provide viable solutions to improving the environment and can contribute to a decreased reliance on imported oil.
During the drive, the Audi A3 TDI averaged 43 mpg on RenDiesel fuel, which is greater than the EPA average highway fuel economy rating for that car. The RenDiesel fuel used on the drive was produced from natural gas and can also be made from biomass.
The renewable RenDiesel fuel to be produced from biomass using Rentech-SilvaGas gasification technology at Rentech's Rialto Renewable Energy Center is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis by as much as 97% over conventional diesel fuel and by a comparable amount over electric vehicles.
A vehicle using RenDiesel fuel is also expected to be as much as two times more fuel efficient than one running on ethanol. RenDiesel fuel contains approximately 60% more energy per gallon than ethanol and diesel engines typically achieve 20-40% more miles per gallon than gasoline engines.
RenDiesel fuel also produces fewer volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions than ethanol or traditional diesel and has lower tailpipe emissions compared to traditional diesel.
Rentech's Rialto Renewable Energy Center, which is anticipated to create over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction and operations phases, is designed to produce approximately 640 barrels per day of renewable synthetic fuels, primarily RenDiesel fuel, and approximately 35 MW of renewable electric power (RenPowerTM) from urban green waste diverted from landfills.
Both of these products will have low carbon footprints and help California reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, consistent with the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Renewable Portfolio Standard.
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