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Volvo tests biofuel made from pulp waste

September 7, 2012
By Waste Management World

September 7, 2012, Stockholm, SE – Successful field tests of vehicles powered by a biofuel derived from the black liquor wastes produced at a pulp mill have been conducted by Volvo Trucks.

The company told Waste Management World that ten of its specially adapted trucks have been operating on Swedish roads since last autumn.

According to Volvo Trucks, the trucks look ant perform just as well as any other, but are powered by bio-DME, which reduces carbon emissions by 95% compared with diesel.

Bio-DME, dimethyl ether is a second-generation biofuel produced from biomass, is a liquid, so-called second-generation biofuel that can be made from wood or by-products and waste from agricultural production.

According to Lars Mårtensson, environmental director at Volvo Trucks it could replace up to 50 per cent of the diesel that is currently being consumed by commercial vehicles in Europe within the next 20 years.


The field tests, which are being conducted in collaboration with companies including Swedish oil firm Preem and Chemrec, another Swedish company which is responsible for fuel production.

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