Neste’s proprietary technology
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is made using our proprietary NEXBTL technology – a unique method that enables a wide variety of low quality waste and residues to be turned into high-quality fuels and other renewable products. Regardless of which raw materials are used, the quality of the final products is always the same. This is a big difference to other biofuels that are produced through an esterification process as this does not offer the same guarantee in quality. As for properties of FAME biofuel, their quality depends largely on what raw materials are used.
High cetane number
A cetane number indicates ignition properties. It also signifies how well an engine starts in cold weather and contributes to a cleaner, and more efficient combustion. The higher the cetane number, the better the engine starts. Neste MY Renewable Diesel has a cetane number above 70, whereas biodiesel scores a cetane number between 50 and 60.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel’s cloud point, which indicates when fuel starts to be affected by cold temperatures, is as low as -22°C. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is made for cold and arctic conditions. This is not the case for biodiesel, as it can greatly be affected by cooler temperatures, depending on which raw materials were used.
*The European standard for diesel (EN590) limits the proportion of biodiesel (FAME EN14214) to max. 7%. In fact, engine and vehicle manufacturers widely support the development of HVO fuels as a way to increase diesel fuel’s renewable content to reduce emissions without the concerns associated with FAMEs.