In the spring of 2013, UPM, VTT and VV-Auto Group began the first field
tests of wood-based renewable diesel. The biofuel is produced by UPM, fleet
tests run by VTT and the cars provided by VV-Auto Group.
UPM BioVerno diesel has previously been studied in short-duration engine and
vehicle tests conducted by VTT and others. The field tests are carried out to
determine the longer-term effects of UPM's renewable diesel on the car's engine,
emissions and fuel consumption.
The field tests are a part of a larger project coordinated by VTT. The goal
of this project is to encourage companies to commercialise renewable energy
solutions for transport.
The car chosen for the tests is the Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI equipped with DSG
VTT's experienced test drivers drive UPM BioVerno cars mostly within the
Helsinki metropolitan area and collect data for analysis over a distance of
approximately 20,000 kilometres.
A long-duration material test involving fuel system specific materials is
also part of the project to ensure compatibility of the fuel with cars and
UPM's renewable diesel, known as UPM BioVerno, is an innovation that will
reduce traffic-induced greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil
This high-quality biofuel is produced from forest industry residues, and
excludes materials that would otherwise be available for food production. UPM
BioVerno is suitable for all diesel-powered vehicles.
In 2012, UPM began construction in Lappeenranta of the first biorefinery in
the world to produce wood-based renewable diesel. Due for completion in 2014,
the refinery's annual production capacity will be 100,000 tonnes, equating to
120 million litres of renewable diesel.