Biofuels, New Zealand, Renewable Energy

New Zealand sees Launch of Biofuel from Dairy Feedstock

August 1, 2007 – (Biofuel Review) – Gull New Zealand has launched a biofuel, Gull Force 10, which, it claims, is the first biofuel for everyday transport use to be made commercially available in New Zealand.

The product is a blend of premium gasoline mixed with 10 percent bioethanol. The ethanol is being supplied by dairy producer Fonterra sourced from whey which is a natural by-product of the New Zealand dairy industry.

In launching the biofuel, Helen Clark, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, said the government was pleased to see Gull developing an easily accessible and practical biofuel that motorists could use everyday.

“Both the New Zealand Government and Gull have shown that we are serious about providing motorists with real choice and leading the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Government commends Gull for the investment of time and effort it has made to be such an early mover in the supply of more sustainable transport fuels,” Helen Clark said.

Fonterra’s chairman Henry van der Heyden, also congratulated Gull on its investment in a more sustainable fuel option for New Zealanders.

“The production and adoption of biofuels in New Zealand is an important step in our collective approach to tackling energy efficiency and climate change issues. Climate change and sustainability are issues that affect every sector of the economy and, like Gull, Fonterra is playing an active role in addressing them.” says van der Heyden.

Gull will initially introduce Gull Force 10 to three of its New Zealand sites and is looking to extend the product offering to most of its 30 sites over time.

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One thought on “New Zealand sees Launch of Biofuel from Dairy Feedstock

  1. Brian says:

    Good news. I believe initial production of ethanol from whey will be about 20 million liters per year. Fonterra produces more but it’s ethanol is supplied to other end users as well. Hopefully they, and other dairy companies will commit to turning all their surplus whey into ethanol. I believe there is sufficient whey to meet about 5% of NZs petrol needs.

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