According to the report, two recent events have highlighted the need for broader standardization in the young biofuels industry:
First, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) announced that it has suspended its authorization to use UL markings on components for fuel pumps that deliver fuel blends containing greater than 15 percent ethanol, such as E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Second, ASTM International, an organization for the development of international standards, released new specifications that lower the amount of calcium and magnesium that can be present in biodiesel. While either of these events could present short-term challenges, in the long run they will lead to greater use and acceptance of biofuels.The question of standardization is a common concern for any new consumer product as it transitions out of novelty use, and into mainstream, high-volume, commercial use. The discussion is an important one for biofuels manufacturers, and the public, and is a good sign for the future of the biofuels sector. It reflects an underlying realization that biofuels are here to stay, and that over time they will become an increasingly important part of our fuel mix. As the EERE report notes, establishing standards across the industry will help facilitate smooth production and delivery of biofuels, and ultimately should lead to great acceptance of the product at fueling stations across America.
See the full EERE report on biofuels standardization for more.