News 2009 › 2009-04-02
St1 Biofuels launches Refuel ethanol-based gasoline project
Working with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, St1 Biofuels has launched a project to introduce a new fuel based on 80-85% bioethanol produced from waste using the company’s Etanolix® technology.
Known as Refuel, the product will be capable of reducing the fossil-based emissions of vehicles by up to 80% and is designed to offer drivers good performance, particularly in cold weather conditions, essential in a country like Finland.
The two-year project will focus on developing an optimum mix of components to achieve these goals, and distribution of the fuel, referred to as RE85, has already begun at three service stations in Helsinki.
The fuel will be priced at least 30 eurocents lower than conventional 95E gasoline and can be used in all current flexifuel models. Saab, Volvo, and Ford have announced that have already started selling or will start selling flexifuel cars in Finland.
St1 is Finland’s only producer of ethanol traffic fuel, using the company’s proprietary Etanolix® technology and based on small production units close to sources of food industry waste and by-products and a centralised ethanol rectification plant at Hamina.
St1 currently has three Etanolix® plants in operation, and two more will be completed later this year. The first of the next generation of Bionolix™ plants, able to use household and commercial biowaste, will also be built this year.