OFTEC Ireland announces success of biofuel in Northern Ireland

On 26 June 2014, OFTEC Ireland announced the successful completion of a four-year trial of a new environmentally friendly bio-fuel for heating households in Killinchy, County Down. The organisation now hopes that this new B30K biofuel will get support from the Northern Ireland Government in phase 2 of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a grant with the objective of encouraging households to switch to renewable fuels. The biofuel is based on kerosene and contains 30% Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) that can be sourced from vegetable oil from plants as well as from animal fat. According to calculations from SAP 2012, the amount of carbon emissions when burning the B30K bio-fuel is, for instance, 60% lower than when burning coal. Therefore, OFTEC believes that this bio-fuel has the potential of to have a positive impact on Northern Ireland’s overall carbon footprint.

A press release is available on OFTEC Ireland’s website.