Biofriendly Corporation announced today that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued a notification approving Biofriendly's Green Plus diesel fuel enhancer as an Alternative Formulation solution when added to standard #2 low sulfur diesel to meet the State's new stringent Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED) regulation.
MONROVIA, California — Biofriendly Corporation announced today that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued a notification approving Biofriendly's Green Plus(R) diesel fuel enhancer as an Alternative Formulation solution when added to standard #2 low sulfur (500 parts per million) diesel to meet the State's new stringent Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED) regulation.
The TxLED law, which goes into effect October 1, 2005, requires Texas diesel producers and importers to supply a diesel fuel formulation that meets the Texas Low Emission Diesel requirements in the 110 counties in Texas designated as U.S. EPA non-attainment areas (areas which have consistently surpassed the ozone and other air pollution levels). Biofriendly's Green Plus won approval after meeting the Texas Low Emission Diesel requirements as an Alternative Formulation by passing a series of complex Federal tests. Producers and importers may now use Green Plus as their solution to meet the requirements of Texas Low Emission Diesel in the 110 affected counties.
Texas, under its new law, requires its diesel emissions in the 110 affected counties to be on par with clean California diesel. As in California, Texas has allowed alternatives to producing a more costly fuel formulation, which requires substantial investment by producers in new refining equipment. Both Texas and California have sought alternative solutions that allow the use of standard EPA-approved diesel along with a product like Green Plus that lowers emissions to levels equivalent to California diesel. In independent testing by an EPA and California Air Resources Board-accepted laboratory, Biofriendly is the first company with a product that meets the new requirements set by Texas in its most recent rule change that became effective in March 2005.
"We are pleased to be able to provide Texas with an effective emission reduction solution that is very cost effective, easy to implement, and that also improves the overall performance of diesel engines," said Robert Carroll, Chairman and CEO of Biofriendly Corporation. "We are looking forward to supplying the needs of Texas in its quest to reduce pollution cost effectively." Mr. Carroll said the company is currently in contract discussions with a number of major oil companies and fuel providers.
The use of Green Plus as part of TxLED fuel will reduce all of the harmful gaseous and pollutant emissions from current diesel fuel. Most importantly, Green Plus could potentially help Texas reduce smog-causing nitrogen oxides (NOx) by over 13,000 tons per year.
Recently, the TCEQ unanimously approved the latest test protocol for the TxLED Alternative Formulation and released the requirements in March of this year. The test requires that a low emission diesel fuel that complies with the California Air Resources Board specifications serve as the reference fuel against which a candidate fuel must achieve comparable or better emissions levels. The California reference fuel specification includes requirements such as 10% maximum aromatics content, a minimum cetane number of 48, and 15 parts-per-million (ppm) sulfur content. The candidate fuel was standard Texas diesel, which complied with U.S. EPA requirements. Green Plus was added to the Texas fuel, and the Federal Test Procedure Heavy-duty Urban Transient Cycle test was run in accordance with Code of Federal Regulations Title 40 procedures.
As a result of the approval of Green Plus as an Alternative Formulation solution, fuel providers in Texas will not have to submit complicated Alternative Plan documents and wait for approval by the State and the U.S. EPA. Instead, fuel providers will simply have to show that they are using Green Plus to meet the TxLED regulations.
Under development for over 10 years, Green Plus is a product that employs nanotechnology (working at the molecular level) to achieve a breakthrough combination of reduced emissions and improved fuel economy. Green Plus is added in very small quantities to fuel in order to create a more complete, cooler, and more linear burn. The product has undergone rigorous testing in the United States and Europe, and has over 150 million miles of on-road/on-ocean use. Green Plus is now available commercially worldwide.
Biofriendly Corporation has introduced Green Plus, a solution for significantly improving fuel economy and reducing harmful emissions. Green Plus is designed for use in diesel, gasoline, and other hydrocarbon-based fuels. This patent-pending product was invented by the same innovators who created Vortoil, the award-winning oil-water separator for offshore oil production. For more information, please visit www.biofriendly.com.
Source: Business Wire, Biofriendly Corporation