Clean Diesel Technology to Be Showcased At 10th Annual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo

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LAS VEGAS,  Feb. 5, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The advancements and
environmental benefits of clean diesel technology will be on display along with
the latest innovations in biodiesel fuel as the  Diesel Technology Forum  (DTF)
will be participating in the  10th  Annual National Biodiesel Conference and
Expo  from  February 4th  to 7th in  Las Vegas.


"We're pleased to be joining the  National Biodiesel Board  and their members at
this conference to expand our cooperative effort to advance clean diesel and
high quality biodiesel fuel," said  Ezra Finkin, DTF's Director of Policy and
External Relations. In 2012, the National Biodiesel Board joined the DTF as an
Allied Member.

"Clean diesel vehicle and equipment manufacturers and biodiesel producers share
a future destiny - all which is linked to the diesel engine. Billions of dollars
has been invested in research to advance diesel technology, meet customer demand
and achieve EPA's near zero emissions standards.  Biodiesel producers have made
similar investments anticipating a future with expanded use of domestically
produced biofuels in diesel engines of all kinds," Finkin said.

"Advancements in biodiesel refining and record production last year along with a
great interest in second generation renewable fuels are all exciting topics at
this gathering.   There is no question that the use of high quality renewable
biofuels will help assure that diesel can compete alongside natural gas,
ethanol, or electricity. To be successful, however, we must work together to
ensure that car and truck owners and  all users of biodiesel fuels have a
positive experience, within the manufacturers recommendations on fuel

"Assuring that biodiesel blends are consistent high-quality fuels at the pump at
every location throughout the U.S. is a tall order, but one that is not out of
reach, with the right attention and commitments," Finkin said. "Likewise, for
states and regions that chose to advance the use of biofuels, a consistent
approach would also be a significant step forward."

New Clean Diesel Technology Has Transformed Industry

"A complete transformation of diesel technology in the U.S. has taken place in
the last decade that has virtually eliminated particulate (soot) emissions from
new diesel engines across the board," Finkin said.  

"For example, emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses have been
reduced by 99 percent for nitrogen oxides and 98 percent for particulate
emissions, which include black carbon."

Diesel Engines Were Originally Invented to Run on Vegetable Oils

The new generation of clean diesel technology, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel,
cleaner engines and advanced emissions control technology, provides both
environmental and economic benefits to the U.S.  As policymakers look to promote
cleaner, more fuel efficient technologies, its use will grow along with other
competitive alternatives.

Diesel engines were originally invented to run on vegetable oils. Today, most
diesel engines can run on high-quality manufacturer-recommended blends of
biodiesel with little modification as well as next-generation, drop-in renewable
diesel fuels which offer even further benefits. This flexibility of the diesel
platform can further accelerate the introduction of these renewable diesel fuels
across the economy.

2012 Biodiesel Production Breaks Record With 1.1 Billion Gallons

According to the National Biodiesel Board, last year the U.S. biodiesel industry
set a new production record of nearly 1.1 billion gallons, which improved the
nation's energy security while supporting more than 40,000 jobs across the
country.  Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled
cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel has been approved and
designated as an 'Advanced Biofuel' under the Environmental Protection Agency's
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS-2) program.  Biodiesel is produced in nearly every
state in the country, and biodiesel blends meeting ASTM standards are used in
existing diesel engines without modification.   

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit national organization dedicated to
raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology.
Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key
elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and
equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more
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