NBB Welcomes New Biodiesel Quality Reports

The National Biodiesel Board Wednesday welcomed new reports on Biodiesel fuel quality published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through funding and support from the National Biodiesel Board, NREL’s statistical analysis is based on thousands of data points that were previously unavailable. The reports are comprised of data gathered from U.S. and Canadian BQ-9000 producer members. The analysis from both the 2017 and 2018 reports show that the vast majority of biodiesel readily exceeded the specification limits in ASTM D6751, the standard for biodiesel. As part of the data gathering process, biodiesel producers test their own B100 fuel at the point of production monthly, then provide NBB’s National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission with the resulting data. NBAC randomizes and anonymizes the results and provide the final version to NREL for statistical analysis. NBB Technical Director Scott Fenwick says, “We now have a simpler, more efficient way to collect, analyze, and determine the quality of biodiesel.” The data was presented during a breakout session at the 2020 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo.