Why Palm Biodiesel Producers Should Keep Pushing R&D and Make Palm Oil Biodiesel More Environmentally Friendly
by Yamin Vong (The Sun) … The European Union is campaigning against palm bio-diesel and the European Parliament appears to be determined to ratify the Palm Oil and Deforestation of the Rainforests resolution that it passed on April 4.
It’s in this environment that there should be increased research and development to promote palm bio-diesel not just as a sustainable “green” fuel from Roundtable producers of palm oil, but also as a fuel that lowers pollutants and particulate matter.
While it’s a fact that biodiesel offers cleaner combustion, better lubricity and contains lower particulate matter (soot) than mineral diesel, there are also other challenges.
For instance, researchers (Jeeya Jeevahan: Various strategies for reducing Nox emissions of biodiesel fuel used in conventional diesel engines: A review), have discussed that bio-diesel produces more nitrogen oxide or NOx. This is one of the more carcinogenic pollutants in emissions from diesel engines.
Conversely, it’s also true that palm biodiesel produces less NOx than say, canola oil and soy oil – two of the more popular biodiesels in Europe and the US.