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Isuzu Motors and Euglena complete “DeuSEL” renewable diesel project

In Japan, motor vehicle and engine major Isuzu Motors Ltd and advanced biofuels developer Euglena Co. Ltd have announced that the joint DeuSEL project to develop a next-generation renewable diesel fuel that can replace up to 100 percent conventional gas oil has been completed. Furthermore, that the supply of this HVO fuel from Euglena to Isuzu has been completed and, as of April 1, 2020, this fuel will be used at Isuzu's Fujisawa factory shuttle bus.

In Japan, motor vehicle and engine major Isuzu Motors Ltd and advanced biofuels developer Euglena Co. Ltd have announced that the joint DeuSEL project to develop a next-generation renewable diesel fuel that can replace up to 100 percent fossil diesel has been completed. As of April 1, 2020, this fuel will be used at Isuzu’s Fujisawa factory shuttle bus (photo courtesy Euglena).

In recent years, addressing climate change has become an important issue, and many companies around the world are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under these circumstances, Isuzu and Euglena concluded a joint research agreement in 2014 with the aim of commercializing next-generation renewable diesel fuel that can be used in conventional diesel engines without modifications even at 100 percent neat.

DeuSEL as the project and subsequent trademark for the drop-in renewable fuel has now been completed. Derived from the microalgae Euglena spp and waste vegetable oil and prototyped by Euglena for research and development (R&D) in 2018, Isuzu conducted performance tests, a full-load performance test, and a WHTC emission test on the next-generation fuel confirming that it has the same performance as petroleum-derived counterparts.

Demo plant operational

Euglena completed the first biojet – renewable diesel fuel production demonstration plant in Japan at the end of October 2018. With the support of City of Yokohama, Chiyoda Corporation, Itochu Enex Co., Ltd. (Itochu Enex), Isuzu Motors Corporation (Isuzu Motors), ANA Holdings Corporation (ANA) and Hiroshima Automobile Industry, Academia, and Government Collaboration Promotion Council (Hirojiren), the aim of the demo plant is to promote research and development and production of next-generation renewable fuels.

With the completion of the plant, the full-scale supply of next-generation renewable fuels will soon be implemented for companies that support the “Green Oil Japan” declaration while Isuzu and Euglena will continue to work together to further promote next-generation renewable diesel fuels.

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