B20 'commercially viable' after testing

A commercial launch for B20 biodiesel is anticipated after the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department yesterday completed two years of laboratory testing and field trials.

Deputy director-general Twarath Sutabutr said the department would submit results of the field trials for B20, a blend of 20% biodiesel B100 or methyl ester with 80% hydrocarbon-based diesel, to the new government that will be named this year.

Commercial production should target large trucks, he said. Field trials were conducted in this year's second quarter with 24 large trucks, each driving 30,000 kilometres.