NREL releases E85 handbook

By Bryan Sims | August 04, 2008
Web exclusive posted August 22, 2008 at 2:38 p.m. CST

In an effort to better inform the ethanol industry and the general public about using E85, the U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado recently updated its "Handbook for Handling, Storing and Dispensing of E85." The handbook is a comprehensive booklet detailing the proper and safe use of E85.

Several factors have recently put E85 in the spotlight, such as increased gasoline prices, emissions control, increased demand for E85 flex-fuel vehicles, coupled with the backing of state and federal initiatives to expand infrastructure and use.

The handbook was published for the DOE's Clean Cities program, with input from the ethanol industry. The widely recognized handbook updates will help E85 blenders, distributors and retailers respond to escalating demand for the fuel. The report details everything from fuel specifications and safety procedures to equipment costs and E85 quality assurance. It also includes helpful checklists and industry-standard data sheets for quick reference.

"This publication is a strong example of Clean Cities carrying out its mission to educate its stakeholders and the public on the use of alternative fuels and vehicles," said Dennis Smith, technology development manager and Clean Cities Director. "It's user-friendly, technically sound format provides an accurate, understandable framework for the safe installation and dispensing of E85."

Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership sponsored by the DOE's Vehicle Technologies Program. With 86 active coalitions and more than 5,400 stakeholders across the country, its mission is to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. Clean Cities also promotes alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy measures, hybrid vehicles and idle reduction technologies.

The "Handbook for Handling, Storing and Dispensing of E85", is available online at the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center Web site, www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/pdfs/41853.pdf.