August 25, 2005
LATEST NEWS The Denver Business Journal - 11:36 AM MDT Wednesday Blue Sun expands outlets, gets high marks in emissions study
Blue Sun expands outlets, gets high marks in emissions study
Blue Sun's biodiesel fuel shows decreased emissions in four major air pollutants, according to a federal study.
"In a 12-month study using Blue Sun's B20 biodiesel, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found nitrogen oxide (NOx) was reduced by 5 percent compared to conventional diesel," said Jeff Probst, president of Blue Sun, in a statement.
NOx is a major source of ground-level ozone smog, an irritant often sited as the cause of chest pain, asthma and breathing difficulties.
Blue Sun supplies premium biodiesel in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Idaho. The company's pure-vegetable oil biodiesel fuel is produced from such crops as canola and mustard seed through cooperatives with regional farmers. Blue Sun B20 is a blend of 20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent low-sulfur diesel.
Probst also reported NREL's preliminary results indicated Blue Sun B20 reduced carbon monoxide by 32 percent, hydrocarbons by 40 percent and particulate matter by 24 percent compared to other biodiesel studies, showing reductions in the same pollutants of 11 percent, 12.6 percent and 18 percent, respectively.
The NREL conducted the study by testing Blue Sun B20 buses operated by the Denver Area Regional Transportation District (RTD) and compared Blue Sun B20 emissions with pollutants from low-sulfur diesel.
Blue Sun recently opened 15 additional new retail pumps in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Idaho, bringing the company's total to 25 pumps providing Blue Sun B20 throughout the region.