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DOE Eyes Used Cooking Oil as Alternative Fuel

08 March 2013

PHILIPPINES - The Department of Energy (DOE) will be implementing a feasibility study on the use of secondhand vegetable oil to power vehicles in the country.

DOE Secretary Jericho Petilla, said the six-month study aims to test the viability of using four per cent esterified waste vegetable oil mixed with diesel as alternative transport fuel to power light trucks and private vehicles to reduce air pollution and fossil-fuel imports.

Esterification is the process of converting fatty acid from vegetable oil into usable biofuel through chemical reaction.

“We’ve been using alternative fuels for quite sometime now and I believe that we need to sustain its use so that we are not always at the mercy of other oil-producing countries,” Mr Petilla said.

Mr Petilla said the use of waste vegetable oil as transport fuel could be substituted for 280 million litres of imported fuel worth P11 billion to P12 billion annually.

Under the pilot testing, Jollibee Foods Corp. will provide the used vegetable oil, and Eway-54 will process it to get a four per cent biodiesel blend and Seaoil will provide the diesel where the esterified used oil will be mixed.

Seaoil will provide four vehicles and a delivery truck and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will give three service vans for the pilot testing.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and DENR will provide expertise during the pilot testing.

DOST engineers say if the use of vegetable oil turns out to be feasible, even used oil from households can be used as biodiesel blend for fossil diesel.

Mr Petilla added that DOE will study the project’s impact on the price of diesel before introducing it to the market.

“We will see if it works and when it does, we’ll make possible recommendations for regulatory policies,” he added.

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