NORA Releases Biodiesel Use Survey
The National Oilheat Research Alliance has recently released the results of a survey on the usage and potentials benefits and issues associated with the blending of traditional heating oil with renewable biodiesel for home heat use.
Currently, 5% biodiesel blends (B-5) are being used seamlessly across the oilheat market. Some heating oil fuel marketers are delivering B-20 to all of their customers and a few are delivering much higher blends. This blending into the fuel mix in this market leads to concerns about the impact on reliability and service.
Biodiesel is a well-defined standard fuel with quality programs in place. The stability of this fuel has been thoroughly studied. However, it is a relatively new fuel and to evaluate the impact that biodiesel use is having on service requirements, an on-line survey was completed in 2016.This is an update of a similar study conducted in 2012-2013.
The 2016 use survey was sent to three identified groups, including companies which have registered as users of the Bioheat® (biodiesel blends for heating applications) logo; company owners, presidents and general managers; and service managers. A total of 139 responses were received.
Overall, the responses do not indicate a clear technical area of concern with biodiesel use. Some respondents indicated increased service requirements, but the distribution of the technical areas was similar to those observed in surveys conducted before biodiesel use in this market.