UPM BioVerno fuel suits all diesel engines

UPM BioVerno diesel suits all diesel engines

UPM BioVerno is a sustainable Finnish alternative to fossil fuels that behaves in the same way as conventional diesel in all engines and fits seamlessly into existing distribution systems. Unlike first-generation biofuels, UPM BioVerno has no blending limit, so distributors can even use it without blending.

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​UPM BioVerno diesel is a genuine fuel choice for the future:

  • for up to 80 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions than fossil diesel
  • for cleaner combustion than fossil diesel
  • for lower tailpipe emissions from motoring
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​UPM BioVerno diesel reduces tailpipe emissions from road traffic

UPM BioVerno diesel reduces tailpipe emissions from road traffic
Using wood-based UPM BioVerno significantly reduces road traffic tailpipe emissions. All emission tests carried out on UPM BioVerno are done using conventional fossil diesel as a reference fuel. According to several studies, tailpipe emissions such as particle mass, hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions are reduced by up to dozens of percent compared to conventional diesel fuel, depending on vehicle technology.

UPM BioVerno diesel test results show similar or improved efficiency in the engine, without compromising engine power, when compared to fossil diesel. By using 100% UPM BioVerno diesel, fuel consumption does not increase or may even decrease when compared to conventional diesel.
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​UPM BioVerno also reduces the carbon footprint of shipping

​Marine biofuels enable ship operators to cut their carbon dioxide emissions, eliminate sulfur dioxide emissions, reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by about 10%, and halve fine particle emissions. Current projections suggest that biofuels could account for around 5-10% of total marine fuel consumption by 2030.

UPM BioVerno was tested for the first time as part of a four-stroke engine development project at Wärtsilä’s Vaasa Motor Laboratory. The tests showed that it is an excellent substitute for fossil fuels that clearly reduces sulfur dioxide and fine particle emissions.
UPM BioVerno came into its own when the international dredging company and shipping specialist Boskalis and the leading commercial supplier of marine biofuels GoodFuels Marine successfully tested its suitability for maritime traffic.

The Boskalis dredging vessel EDAX used a 50% biofuel blend when participating in ecological development work off the Dutch coast. Tests completed in 2016 achieved reductions of 600 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions, with UPM BioVerno performing perfectly throughout the test period.
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Product information

  • ​Made by hydrotreating crude tall oil, a residue of pulp production
  • A pure hydrocarbon with physical and chemical properties that match fossil diesel fuel
  • A paraffinic, high cetane, sulfur-free diesel fuel of very low aromatic content
  • Energy content matching fossil diesel
  • ​May be blended with fossil diesel in low or high concentrations or used alone, unlike traditional biodiesel
  • Compatible with vehicle engines and fuel distribution systems
  • Use generates lower emissions (e.g. of particles) than conventional diesel fuel
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Principal quality features

  • Density: 805–820 kg/m3 (15 °C)
  • Sulfur: max 10 mg/kg
  • Flashpoint: > 55 °C
  • Cetane rating: min. 60
  • Distillation, evaporated:
    • 250 °C < 65 vol%
    • 350 °C min. 85 vol%