11 Oktober 2007

Japan starts pumping wood-based ethanol blend

On Oct. 9, two months behind the original planned schedule, Japan began test sales of E3, the country’s first fuel blend using ethanol drawn from industrial wood waste in Osaka Prefecture according to a report on the Asahi Shimbun.

A dispute between the Environment Ministry, which advocates E3, and the the Petroleum Association of Japan, which backs an additive synthesised from bioethanol, delayed the start date and reduced the number of gas stations participating in the test sales from 15 to 10. As of Oct. 9, 101 vehicles had registered with the Osaka prefectural government to fill up on the fuel.

(Cf. news of 2007-05-08 and 2007-07-03.)

Source: Energy Current, 2007-10-10.

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