UPM puts wood-based diesel to the test
Finnish company UPM is conducting field tests of its wood-based diesel fuel in urban buses in collaboration with Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
The year-long tests will investigate the fuel functionality and consumption of UPM’s renewable diesel in bus engines, along with emissions. Earlier studies have proven UPM BioVerno to perform similarly to top quality fossil diesel fuels, while reducing tail pipe emissions significantly in the process.
A total of four identical Volvo Euro VI Class buses with low emissions and efficient engines will be tested on HSL’s regular bus route between the cities of Kerava and Helsinki.
“We are especially delighted to be able to take part in the Helsinki Region Transport initiative that aims for emission free public transport,” says Sari Mannonen, sales and marketing director at UPM Biofuels. “One of the major targets of the initiative is to start using 100 per cent renewable biofuels in their diesel vehicles in the coming years.”
St1, Volvo and Transdev Finland are also supporting the testing, which forms part of a larger VTT “BioPilot” project that seeks to encourage companies to commercialise renewable energy solutions in traffic.
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