3 Dec 18

New Volkswagen biodiesel can save 20% of CO2 emissions

Since January 2018, Volkswagen has been testing its newly developed BlueDiesel at its in-house filling station in Wolfsburg. The new fuel enables CO2 savings of at least 20% compared to conventional diesel thanks to the use of biofuels.

The R33 BlueDiesel, which consists of up to one third of renewable fuel components, was jointly developed by Volkswagen, the Coburg University and other project partners. R33 BlueDiesel complies with the diesel standard DIN EN 590 and fulfils all criteria for use as a standard fuel.

From frying pan to fuel tank

The biofuels are produced from processed cooking fat which is filtered, cleaned and processed into a paraffin mixture or biodiesel, which is then added to the basic diesel.

R33 BlueDiesel has a bio content of up to 33%, based exclusively on residual and waste materials, enabling at least 20% of CO2 savings.

Following the successful test phase, R33 BlueDiesel is now being used permanently at Volkswagen’s filling stations in Wolfsburg. Introduction at further locations is in the works.

Project manager Prof. Thomas Garbe from Volkswagen’s Development department said: “We are preparing for a significant increase in demand for liquid fuels from residual materials and for advanced biofuels in the medium term. I hope that public filling stations will also be offering R33 as “Green Premium” in the near future.”

Image courtesy of Volkswagen

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck