Co-op Aiming to Boost Farmer Biodiesel Use
by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) An Iowa farm cooperative wants to convince more farmers in the state to use biodiesel by showing just how well it performs.
United Farmers Cooperative of Afton, Iowa compared the performance of two trucks with blends of 5 and 20 percent biodiesel (B5 and B20) performed and the B20 truck won.
The four-month trial in 2016 had identical company automatic 18-wheelers with Volvo engines fill up from United Farmers Cooperative blender pumps. Darin Schlapia, the cooperative’s energy operations manager, kept meticulous records on differences in miles-per-gallon between the trucks. At the end of the trial, the B5 truck averaged 5.19 mpg. The B20 truck averaged 5.84 mpg. READ MORE and MORE (Biodiesel Magazine)