Paul Damming of the Fuel and Operating Materials department explains.
Dutch Defence opts for the addition of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), an advanced biofuel. This HVO is made by intensively treating waste flows, such as used cooking oil, residues from forest management and other residual waste, and converting these into diesel fuel. The Dutch Ministry of Defence has now signed a contract for this with supplier FinCo Fuel Nederland, which also guarantees that no raw materials such as palm oil or rapeseed oil are used. We just don't want to compete with the food supply!
Sounds good, but the fuel used by Dutch Defence must meet the strict NATO F-54 specification. In addition, biofuel must be suitable for longer periods of storage, just like fossil diesel. “No problem”, Damming assures, “the biofuel used clearly differs from the biodiesel (FAME) that we know as the 1st generation. Due to slime formation, FAME is not suitable for longer- term storage. After the addition of the HVO, the fuel mixture still fully meets the required specification of diesel fuel EN590, the basis for the NATO specification. The new diesel is therefore also suitable for long-term storage, when vehicles are not used for a long time or for example with emergency power supplies.”