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Contact: Jeff Trexel
GOVERNOR LAUNCHES FIRST TEST OF BREAKTHROUGH OXYDIESEL FUEL
DEVELOPED BY PURE ENERGY CORPORATION
DECATUR, IL. November 23-Governor Jim Edgar of Illinois announced today
the first in a series of demonstration projects to test the use of
OxyDiesel, a blend of ethanol and diesel fuel developed by Pure Energy
Corporation, in a fleet of trucks at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in
"Throughout my administration I have strongly supported the use of
clean-burning, renewable ethanol fuel, made from Illinois corn," the
Governor said. "Illinois is the leading producer of ethanol in the United
States, with an annual production of more than 600 million gallons. The
successful blending of ethanol and diesel fuel will reduce harmful emissions
from trucks and buses, and stimulate the agricultural economy and the
ethanol industry in Illinois and across the nation."
The OxyDiesel fuel will be tested in unmodified diesel engines. In the
initial demonstration project, each truck will be driven over 100,000 miles
on the new fuel, then thoroughly examined for excessive wear. A 400-500
hour durability test will also be performed at the University of Illinois
Urbana Champaign using a new diesel engine and OxyDiesel fuel. Although
research is still in progress, OxyDiesel could have other significant
benefits such as reduced sulfur content, a lower gel point than normal
diesel fuel, and the ability to absorb excess water in the fuel.
"OxyDiesel is a proprietary formulation of diesel, ethanol and solubilizing
agents engineered to reduce particulate matter and Nox emissions from diesel
engines," said Irshad Ahmed, Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer
of Pure Energy. The proprietary formulation, developed by Pure Energy
Corporation of New York, is designed to keep the two fuels from separating
under adverse conditions.
"We can combine the benefits of each fuel into a new, cost-effective, low
emission diesel fuel that can be used in both new and existing diesel
engines," Irshad added. Initial cost estimates indicate the OxyDiesel will
be only a few cents more per gallon than conventional diesel fuel.
"The additive developed by Pure Energy Corporation is a significant
breakthrough in the transportation industry's effort to reduce vehicle
emissions," said Merrick Andlinger, CEO and President of Pure Energy
Corporation. "The additive allows us to create a new cost-effective, low
emission diesel fuel that passes all stability tests and will benefit the
environment, the state of Illinois and the entire transportation industry."
The unique fuel blend is the subject of a patent application.
"ADM is pleased to host the first fleet of trucks in the country to
demonstrate the use of OxyDiesel fuel," said Martin L. Andreas, Senior Vice
President and Assistant to the CEO of Archer Daniels Midland. "We have
committed three brand new Mack trucks to the project; two operating on E-15
OxyDiesel, and one as a control."
Doug Wilson, President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, has
estimated that if sales of the OxyDiesel fuel grow to the same 10%
nationwide market share as ethanol blended gasoline, the annual demand for
ethanol would increase by more than 750 million gallons, using an additional
300 million bushels of corn each year.
The next OxyDiesel test and demonstration project will be with the Chicago
Transit Authority (CTA) in a fleet of existing urban transit buses. "CTA is
a strong supporter of a cleaner environment. We are looking forward to
being the next test site for this new, clean diesel fuel that will benefit
the people we serve in Chicago," said Frank Kruesi, President of the Chicago
The State of Illinois, through the Illinois Department of Commerce and
Community Affairs (DCCA) coordinated the efforts to develop and begin
testing of OxyDiesel, in partnership with Pure Energy Corporation, the
Illinois Corn Growers Association, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Williams
Energy Services, GROWMARK, Inc., the U.S. Department of Energy, the Council
of Great Lakes Governors, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and Mack