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Caterpillar demonstrated its continued support of the biodiesel industry and the use of blends up to B20 in its off-road machine offerings by showcasing its Next Generation Tier 4 938K wheel loader during the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo in San Diego, California, on January 20-23, 2014. Upwards of 1,500 attendees listened to presentations and viewed displays from automakers, a wide range of fuel suppliers and Caterpillar to hear the latest on today’s technologies for diesel engines, and power and performance standards set forth by the biodiesel industry.
Biodiesel serves as a clean, renewable energy source for consumers, and according to the National Biodiesel Board, just reached its highest production rate yet in 2013. One of the biggest added benefits for biofuel usage, including biodiesel, remains its low environmental impact through reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
With its display of the 938K, courtesy of Hawthorne Machinery, Caterpillar highlighted the performance benefits of biodiesel for its off-road equipment, and specifically the use of B20. B20 is compatible with the vast majority of Caterpillar off-road equipment offerings. Lower blends are recommended for smaller engines.
“Our customers continue to look for ways to be more sustainable, while also valuing cost effective options for their fleets,” said Jim Halloran, Manager of State Government Affairs for the Western Region at Caterpillar. “We help our customers who are interested in biodiesel by ensuring the fuels they select meet certain standards, and provide recommendations on what customers and our dealers should use through our fluid guidelines.”
All applicable fuel standards can be found in the Caterpillar fluids guide. For more information about biodiesel basics, the latest innovations and news from the National Biodiesel Board, visit www.biodiesel.org.