Vancouver, British Columbia – A new study in British Columbia will examine the potential use of biodiesel for off-road machinery in highway construction and forest operations.
FPInnovations, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada’s National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative (NRDDI), will conduct the $1.7 million field study to gain better understanding of the economical and technical issues related to renewable diesel, as well as identify the best means and methods to overcome likely challenges.
The NRDDI provides an opportunity for real-world testing and performance evaluation in advance of regulatory action. Natural Resources Canada will fund $810,000 of the study through NRDDI, while the Forest Industry and FPInnovations will provide the balance.
“The government of Canada is working closely with industry partners like FPInnovations to help ensure the seamless integration of renewable diesel in the Canadian fuel market,” said Jay Hill, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River. “This is an important step forward in reducing Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.”
The study involves highway construction in Coquitlam, sawmill yard operation in Prince George, and forest harvest operations in Meritt. Challenges include cold temperatures, safety measures, and remote locations where distribution and storage can be difficult.