The National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative was launched in December 2008.
National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative Approved Projects
Imperial Oil LimitedImperial Oil Limited (IOL) is a leading member of Canada’s petroleum industry. The objective of their renewable diesel project is to address the two main areas of concern for industry and end-users: cold flow performance of the finished fuel and the stability of the fuel. IOL will conduct a variety of tests at their Sarnia Research Facility.
FPInnovationsFPInnovations is a non-profit research and development organization whose goal is to improve the effectiveness of the Canadian forestry sector. Their project will demonstrate and document the experience of using various blends of biodiesel (up to 10%) by off-road heavy equipment used to construct and pave provincial public highways, to provide material handling in a saw mill, logging road construction, and the harvesting and processing of timber in isolated locations in some of Canada’s most challenging environments. In addition, the project will examine means by which fuel supply infrastructure challenges to remote locations can be overcome and will transfer the knowledge gained over the course of this project to others in the construction and forestry sectors. The project is complete and the final report is available.
Manitoba HydroManitoba Hydro is an electric power and natural gas utility in the province of Manitoba. This project will demonstrate the use of biodiesel blends (5%) under extreme cold weather conditions in electric generators in a remote Northern Manitoba community. As well, the project will investigate the impact of long-term storage on dispenser filter plugging in a vehicle fleet application and alternative measures for testing for minor impurities in the fuel and how these impurities may relate to long-term storage.
Canadian Pacific RailwaysCanadian Pacific Railways will demonstrate the use of biodiesel blends (5%) in locomotive operations between Calgary and Edmonton. This project will focus on the impact of cold weather on operability, and the impact of biodiesel on direct-to-locomotive fuelling, engine components and heating systems.
The Saskatchewan Research CouncilThe Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) will demonstrate the use of biodiesel blends of 5% in winter and 10% in summer in the agricultural sector. In particular, the project will investigate the impact of off-season storage of biodiesel in equipment and storage tanks on fuel quality. Harvesting equipment can be stored with fuel in the tank for a period of up to ten months with dramatic fluctuations in temperature and humidity conditions.
The Prairie Agricultural Machinery InstituteThe Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) will assess biodiesel blends (5%) that have been stored in harvesting equipment tanks for up to ten months and biodiesel blends that have been stored for two years to determine impacts of long-term storage on fuel quality. The project is complete and the final report is available.
Royal Military College of CanadaThe Royal Military College of Canada will study the kinetics of saturated monoglyceride-based particles formation to gain better knowledge for the filtration of these particles from the fuel. The laboratory will monitor sediments in the fuel against time at various temperatures as well as determine and compare the chemical composition of sediments using titration, chromatography and spectroscopy techniques. The project is complete and the final report is available.
Other NRDDI Studies
ÉcoRessources ConsultantsÉcoRessources is an environment and natural resource economics consultancy. In the context of an average 2% national renewable diesel requirement, their report takes an inventory of existing and required infrastructure for the blending and distribution of renewable fuels and provides an estimate of the necessary incremental biodiesel and petroleum blendstock, based on a literature review and through extensive consultation with industry proponents. In addition, the report presents an estimate of costs to the downstream petroleum sector and the lead times for the required upgrades to infrastructure. This project is complete and the final report is available.
- Previous renewable diesel demonstrations in Canada