Cleaner bio­fuel of­fered


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed

Cook­ing fats, oils and greases are be­ing turned into an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly diesel at Long­wood East.

Com­mu­nity-owned com­pany En­vi­ron­men­tal Diesel was launched last week by the driv­ers of the ini­tia­tive, Danny Wil­liams and Ian Dick­son.

Mr Wil­liams said there had been much in­ter­est in bio­fu­els across the world, but Aus­tralia had been slower tak­ing up the re­new­able fuel.

‘‘I’ve been try­ing to do this for many years and I came across Ian a few years ago and shared his pas­sion,’’ he said.

Us­ing a ‘‘BioCube’’, the biodiesel is pro­duced with the used cook­ing oils and lo­cally grown seed at a rate of 250 litres per hour.

Mr Wil­liams­said sus­tain­able ini­tia­tives such as this cre­ated bet­ter fuel se­cu­rity across the na­tion and also cre­ated pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes.

‘‘It re­duces your car­bon out­put at the ex­haust by 80 per cent com­pared to diesel,’’ he said.

While the fuel is ac­cept­able to all heavy ve­hi­cles, Mr Wil­liams said they had en­gaged with a fuel dis­trib­u­tor who of­fered a blended ver­sion to farm­ers.

He said this en­abled farm­ers to test the prod­uct first as some man­u­fac­tur­ers were wor­ried about void­ing war­ranties of prod­ucts. Greener and cleaner:

(Right) En­vi­ron­men­tal Diesel’s Danny Wil­liams, Brady and Kib­ble Trans­port Euroa’s Shirley Say­well and Yar­rock En­ergy Kaniva’s Steven Hobbs at the launch of En­vi­ron­men­tal Diesel.

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