Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

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    Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel
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    October 25, 2010
    by Scott Doggett


    Two Audi A3 TDI models running on Rentech's synthetic RenDiesel fuel flawlessly completed a 1,000-mile tour spanning the length of California, the German automaker reported today.

    The endurance drive started in Eureka last Monday with the intent of demonstrating that today's diesel technology and advanced synthetic fuels each offer significant green advantages. The vehicles averaged 40 and 43 miles per gallon, Audi said.

    Clean-diesel engines can make significant contributions in the push to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel consumption to make the U.S. less reliant on imported oil. Combining clean-diesel technology with ultra-clean synthetic fuels can further reduce both greenhouse gases and tailpipe emissions.

    Currently available in the U.S., the Audi A3 TDI provides environmental benefits by producing about 30% less greenhouse gas than a car powered by a comparable gasoline engine, with up to 50% better fuel economy.

    "The potential of clean-burning synthetic diesel, such as RenDiesel, to produce even less emissions, indeed points to a bright future ahead for Audi TDI technology as a viable green solution," the automaker said in a statement.

    The vehicles ran the entire route on Rentech's synthetic diesel fuel. It's expected to be produced in commercial quantities in Rialto, California, in a few years from green waste and other organic materials diverted from landfills.

    The RenDiesel fuel used on this drive was produced from natural gas at Rentech's demonstration plant in Colorado. RenDiesel can also be made from synthetic gas produced from biomass and waste resources.

    Full article at link.

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    Re: Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    Ok, what's the point of converting natural gas to diesel when you can run a vehicle on natural gas, which is cleaner and more efficient?

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    Re: Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by Bravada View Post
    Ok, what's the point of converting natural gas to diesel when you can run a vehicle on natural gas, which is cleaner and more efficient?
    The RenDiesel fuel used on this drive was produced from natural gas at Rentech's demonstration plant in Colorado. RenDiesel can also be made from synthetic gas produced from biomass and waste resources.
    That is why.

    Biomass is a HUGE problem throughout the world. Forget landfills, just convert it into fuel. That is a pretty big step up in technology. Waste gives off tons of energy just wasting away and we are just starting to scratch the surface of what it can power.

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    Re: Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    Coskata also specializes in using waste to convert to fuel
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    Re: Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    What's taking this technology so long to mature? This technology would literately kill two birds with one stone (Landfills and fuel).

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    Re: Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by PA Dweller View Post
    What's taking this technology so long to mature? This technology would literately kill two birds with one stone (Landfills and fuel).
    Government subsidies and certain lobby groups.
    Research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.

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    Re: Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    No matter what anybody says, they do not want new refineries in their neighborhood. Then, the credit crunch pretty much killed all investment into anything that wasnt a sure bet except for small companies making small batches of stuff. If RenDiesel could make 100k gallons a week, Id think we see a ton of money pouring into the company.

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    Re: Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by PA Dweller View Post
    What's taking this technology so long to mature? This technology would literately kill two birds with one stone (Landfills and fuel).
    Sure would have been a better way to spend our goverment stimulus dollars..

    Building coskata plants....instead of the nonsense our government wasted our money on..

    These types of conversion plants would ....like you stated killed two birds with one stone..

    Lowering waste landfills and producing independance from foreign oil..

    sure would beat a bridge to nowhere..
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    Re: Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by calgaryhhr View Post
    Government subsidies and certain lobby groups.
    Why would they be against this? How does this harm their interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by JBsZ06 View Post
    Sure would have been a better way to spend our goverment stimulus dollars..

    Building coskata plants....instead of the nonsense our government wasted our money on..

    These types of conversion plants would ....like you stated killed two birds with one stone..

    Lowering waste landfills and producing independance from foreign oil..

    sure would beat a bridge to nowhere..
    I'd say.

    Let me guess the process to make waste into fuel still cost more than petroleum based Gasoline and Diesel?

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    Re: Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    That is why.

    Biomass is a HUGE problem throughout the world. Forget landfills, just convert it into fuel. That is a pretty big step up in technology. Waste gives off tons of energy just wasting away and we are just starting to scratch the surface of what it can power.
    How cool would it be if by 2015 we had cars that used fuel from landfills?

    It's LITERALLY like Back to the Future!

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