Field testing in Stockholm
However the development of alternative fuels is presently advancing rapidly and Volvo Penta has now joined forces with Finnish Neste Oil in respect of NExBTL.
As part of a larger planned EU project NExBTL will be field tested in two Waxholm company’s passenger boats in Stockholm, and these boats are equipped with Volvo Penta diesel engines. Volvo Penta engineers will follow up the tests, i.e. study the emissions while investigating how the engines are affected by the fuel. The project is planned to start in the autumn and will continue for three years.
Available for consumers
Production at Neste Oil is starting now, and by the autumn they will be in full production.
In order to make the fuel available to boat owners, it will be necessary for one of the major oil companies to include it in its ordinary range at its pumps. This initiative has already been taken. During the year Swedish OK/Q8 will launch a diesel fuel with a 20% content of NExBTL.
More manufacturers than Neste Oil will also produce second generation biofuel, which means that it will become available in considerable quantities within the next few years – either as its own product or blended with normal fossil diesel fuel.