An Insight on B30 Road Test

INDONESIA began testing biodiesel with a bio-content of 30% (B30) in cars and trucks on Thursday (13/6/2019). The road test which is funded by the Indonesia Oil Palm Plantation Fund Management agency (BPDPKS) will last until October 2019.

Head of Research and Development at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Dadan Kusdiana told reporters, Thursday (13/6/2019), that the road test is a step in the government’s plan to make it mandatory for all biodiesel to have a 30% bio-content in 2020.

“The road test is conducted by comparing performance of the vehicles before and after using B30.  All vehicles are compared with those using B20,” Dadan said.

The details of the test are as follows:

OPERATIONAL TEAM

  1. Research and Development Center for Oil and Gas Technology (Lemigas) is directly responsible for the quality of fuels, lubricant, and component of the vehicles.
  2. Centre for Fuels Technology and Engineering at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) is responsible for studying on fuel management system and fuel consumption analysis.
  3. Center for Thermodynamics Engines and Propulsion at BPPT is responsible for the test on chassis dynamometers and vehicles performance.
  4. Center for Research and Development of Electricity, New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Technology at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) is responsible for documentation and publication.

SUPPORTING TEAM

  1. BPDPKS provides financial support.
  2. PT Pertamina (Persero) provides fuels.
  3. The Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (Aprobi) provides biodiesel.
  4. The Association of Indonesia Automotive Industries (Gaikindo) provides vehicles.
  5. Directorate General of New, Renewable Energy and Conservation Energy at MEMR.
  6. Indonesian Bioenergy Experts Association provides supervision.

VEHICLES

11 vehicles in two categories:

  1. Passenger vehicles weighed less than or equal to 3.5 tons: Two cars Toyota Fortuner, two cars Mitsubishi Pajero, two cars Nissan Terra, and two cars DFSK Supercab.
  2. Vehicles weighed greater than or equal to 3.5 ton: Three trucks Isuzu NMR71TSD, Mitsubishi Fuso Colt Diesel, and UD Tru

ROUTES

  1. Passanger vehicles weighed less than or equal to 3.5 tons travel 560 Km per day to cover a total distance of 50,000 Km passing through Lembang – Cileunyi – Nagreg – Kuningan – Tol Babakan – Slawi – Guci – Tegal – Tol Cipali – Subang – Lembang.
  2. Vehicles weighed greater than or equal to 3.5 tons travel 350 Km per day to cover a total distance of 40,000 km passing through Lembang – Karawang – Cipali – Subang – Lembang.

PREPARATION STAGE

Began in March and ended in May 2019, organized following activities:

  1. Fuels procurement and blending
  2. Fuels quality test
  3. Vehicles procurement
  4. Vehicles performance test
  5. Components rating
  6. Base camps set up in Lembang, Karawang, and Guci.

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