Waste powers Scania truck in Australian trial

12 March 2019

Scania has supplied a 16-litre engine for a trial in Australia that will see a flatbed truck powered by waste plastic, old vehicle tyres, farm and forest waste.

Over the next 12 to 18 months, Queensland-based company Southern Oil will be trying out renewable diesel from its Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant in the test engine. The aim is to demonstrate that this renewable fuel can perform identically to petroleum-based diesel.

The 16-litre Scania V8 test engine is being used in its power generation configuration for the testing, which allows assessment of exhaust emissions, performance and response, fuel efficiency, cost and engine lifetime.

Southern Oil is an Australian lubricant supplier, which re-refines waste oil to remove all contaminants and restore it to the original condition for reuse. The company is aiming to build a commercial-scale renewable fuel refinery within five years.

“Having a company like Scania endorse our fuel is crucial to creating commercial demand for our diesel and moving from pilot scale into demonstration scale,” said Tim Rose, Managing Director, Southern Oil.

Queenslad’s State Premier and Trade Minister, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said: “Warranty by an original equipment manufacturer like Scania is crucial to commercialisation and uptake of the fuel, as it must have the identical performance and characteristics of fossil fuel. This trial is a critical milestone for the development of the renewable fuel industry in Queensland.”