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All aboard for ‘bioloco’ ride – New Zealand testing use of biodiesel in its trains

In a first step toward an eco-motivated locomotive fleet, Toll New Zealand is testing the use of biodiesel in its trains.

The six-month trial will use a B5 fuel mix of 5 per cent biodiesel and 95 per cent regular diesel in two trains – one freight and one passenger – dubbed “bioloco” engines.

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Toll rail group general manager Joe Garbellini said the trial was aimed at getting a feel for how biodiesel would work for its fleet of 165 locomotive engines.

With an annual fuel consumption of 50 million litres, the attempt to reduce Toll’s carbon footprint could lead to more than 2.5 million litres of biodiesel being used in the company’s locomotives, Mr Garbellini said.

The trial had followed a locomotive driver fuel saver initiative recently introduced in partnership with Shell New Zealand.

Shell biofuels project manager David Robinson praised Toll’s role in the bioloco trial.

“Everybody wants to reduce their carbon footprint and it is so important that the bigger companies get on board.”


2 thoughts on “All aboard for ‘bioloco’ ride – New Zealand testing use of biodiesel in its trains

  1. Everyone should learn how to convert their car into a Hybrid because this is so easy, it costs almost nothing and it makes much more money STAY into your pocket ! Plus, it saves our planet from that much pollution. I recommend anyone who wants to save money on gas to use an Hydrogen Gas Saver !

  2. I just recently attended the International Energy Week in Singapore (November 3-7,2008) held at the Raffles City Convention Centre’s as organized by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Energy Studies Institute (ESI) & Bang’s Public Relations. There are various issues on biofuel since it compete for agricultural lands and it is very water intensive (pls note that water uses a lot of energy too for its desalination, filtration, distribution, etc.). Thus, our company, Energy Source Consulting with various partners from all over the world is bringing in the technology to increase yield and efficiency of existing Jathropa and other agricultural stock used for biodiesel. Furthermore, we facilitate the availability of advanced technologies on biofuel production & improved & more efficient processes. In addition, other complementary technologies like cellulosic ethanol, wind tech, hydro, hydrogen,biomass, etc. are highly given much attention too. Therefore, we access the best alternative sources of energy based on natural resource,etc. that varies per country (comparative advantage)– ; e-mail:

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