Seven Belgian Q8 stations to offer fossil-free HVO100 diesel
Finish biofuel supplier Neste Oy announced on Thursday HVO 100% fossil-free diesel can be found in three new Q8 gas stations in Belgium. Later this month, four more Q8 stations will be supplied with the fossil-free diesel HVO100 that emits up to 90% less CO2 than an ordinary diesel engine.
The fossil-free diesel was already available on the Belgian market, but until now only for diesel trucks. For Q8, this additional supply is a step toward offering greener products after CNG or AdBlue.
HVO100 stands for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil. The fuel is produced from waste products from the food industry, such as residual waste, frying oil, or animal fats. The oil is treated with hydrogen, after which it becomes a 100% fossil-free diesel. Depending on the use, this synthetic diesel shows a reduction in fine particles of 10 to 30%.
On Thursday, three Q8 gas stations were supplied with HVO: in Zaventem, Rotselaar, and Mechelen. This month, stations in Lokeren, Ranst, and Verlaine (in both highway directions) will be added. According to Peter Zonneveld, vice-president of sales of Neste Oy, “the intention is to roll out the number of refueling sites even further in the future”.
Neste Oy invented the technologies some fifteen years ago and makes the case that HVO100 emits up to 90% less CO2 than regular diesel. This is remarkable, as it is still oil that is burned in the engine.
“That’s because we look at the whole process from start to finish: from recovering the raw materials, through producing the oil, to burning it. We work with raw materials that would normally be thrown away, which saves on CO2 emissions.”
To fill up with fossil-free diesel, owners do not need to modify their diesel car: any diesel engine can fill up with HVO100. The cost price of HVO100 is currently up to 70% higher than regular diesel (or 2,86 euros per liter, compared to 1,68 for diesel), but Neste Oy assumes that this will drop once the supply increases.
HVO100 is also available at the fuel stations of Maasmechelen, Meer, and Herstal, although these are mainly truck gas stations. At the beginning of February 2021, Total also finalized the installation of Total HVO100 pumps at its two service stations in Hognoul and Lommel.
Cheapest per ton of CO2 reduced
Currently, 7 million tons of renewable diesel are produced worldwide, of which Neste Global produces 3,2 million tons. Global production is expected to rise to 30 million tons by 2030, according to the Finnish company. Importantly, Neste has identified that the raw materials (residues and waste) are already available today for such volumes.
As Peter Zonneveld, VP Sales Renewables Europe at Neste points out in the newspaper L’Echo, according to the projections of the International Energy Agency, electric cars alone will not be enough to replace the current 4 500 million tons of oil demand and that “all solutions will be necessary”.
“We have calculated the total cost of ownership of an electric car (purchase, maintenance, electricity, etc.). In its purest form, the Neste My, HVO is the cheapest per ton of CO2 reduced,” insists Zonneveld.