The ideal liquid biofuel for automotive transportation is one that effectively protects the climate against global warming and at the same time do not impair the quality of air that citizens breathe in large, congested cities around the world. Both objectives should be achieved with outstanding sustainability credentials and affordable prices while protecting and strengthtening existing investments and jobs. Since the Kioto protocol was launched, the EU has pioneered regulatory frameworks towards these ambitious objectives and substantial investments in manufacturing plants have been done.
Despite meritorious efforts in the development of biofuels over the past 20 years, no biofuel has reached the market which can fulfill the above mentioned critical features.
This is the reason the EU is very active in promoting the development of innovative biofuels through regulatory initiatives such as the Directive 2015/1513/EC that favors those biofuels which could be obtained from crude glycerin, algae, waste biomass, lignocellulosic materials such as straw and other agricultural waste, etc. as described in Annex IX, Part A. Biofuels manufactured from these feedstocks, known as advanced biofuels type A, would not consume additional land, water and fertilizers, and they will be promoted with a minimum quota of 0.5% or higher after 2020.
In this context, over the past 10 years, the Inkemia Group has invested 12 MM € to develop a new biofuel (S50) with characteristics that are similar enough to diesel and biodiesel (FAME) to allow it to be blended in significantly high proportions while still maintaining full compliance with EN590 norm and therefore not requiring any modifications to the engines.
In 2016, Inkemia established “ Inkemia Advanced BioFuels Ltd. “ (IABF), a company registered in London, UK, which has been tasked with rolling out this technological breakthrough throughout the Biodiesel industry globally.
S50 is manufactured from Annex IX Part A raw materials such as crude glycerin, algae oils and waste oils. S50 has been entirely developed in the EU and has reached the sufficient technology readiness and economic viability to proceed with its industrial implementation.