Study: No Need for Vehicle Engine Modification in Alternative Fuel Use
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO
Vehicle owners are not required to undertake modification of their cars' engines if they would want to tap usage of alternative fuels, such as coco-biodiesel, a study by a Japanese expert has concluded.
According to Dr. Koji Yoshida of Nihon University, Japan's largest university, in partnership with the Integrated Research and Training Center of Technological University of the Philippines, diesel fuel blended with coco-biodiesel can be used on unmodified engines.
The study further indicated that a 10 to 20-percent blend to diesel will not affect their vehicle's engine power and performance.
Given such findings, Energy Secretary Raphael P.M. Lotilla sees hope that this will bolster the government's bid to introduce the use of alternative fuels in the transport sector, as one way to soften the impact of surging global oil prices.
"Results of this study come as a big support to bring our cleaner and cheaper alternative fuels in the mainstream market," he stressed.
It would be culled that the government is aggressively pushing for an enhanced development and utilization of alternative transport fuels to reduce dependence on imported fuel, earn foreign exchange savings from fuel displacement and create livelihood opportunities for the local people.
In the local market, independent oil player Flying V is already offering one percent pre-blend coco-biodiesel at selected stations in Metro Manila and Baguio City.
Upon government's mandate, the other oil companies are also being urged to make coco-biodiesel available as a shelf item at their service stations nationwide.
Meanwhile, citing the Japanese expert's study, the energy chief concluded "that any diesel-powered vehicle (jeepneys, buses, utility vehicles, trucks) can immediately use coco-biodiesel as an alternative fuel and consequently earn extra savings from mileage efficiency. …