Miscanthus - renewable diesel, the fuel

One of the many positives about Miscanthus is its ability to be used to make Renewable Diesel Fuel (RDF).

RDF is not biodiesel. RDF from Miscanthus and other cellulosic feedstocks, is a direct and complete substitute for fossil fuel diesel. A sample of RDF that had been made from Miscanthus in the USA has been checked against the New Zealand diesel specifications by Independent Petroleum Laboratories Ltd (IPL) at Marsden Point.

The IPL report showed that it met all of the New Zealand standards other than physical density. But because RDF has higher energy density the amount of energy per litre of RDF is equal to or perhaps slightly higher than the amount of energy per litre from fossil fuel diesel.

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