EMA Adopts Test Specifications For Biodiesel

Posted on June 16, 2006

The Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) has approvied test specifications for a standard biodiesel blend. The specifications for biodiesel blends of up to 20% by volume (B20) is intended to ensure that engine manufacturers will have fuel with consistent properties for engine testing and evaluation.

The National Biodiesel Board has been working cooperatively with EMA on test specifications since last October. The test specifications for B20 were approved by the EMA Board of Directors on May 31. The EMA specifications require that the pure biodiesel (B100) meets the ASTM International standard D6751 or the European EN14214 standard prior to blending. Fuel users are also encouraged to obtain biodiesel from sources known to produce quality fuels that meet those specifications.