x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Police may turn to the kitchen to fuel buses

Dubai police are investigating large-scale use of biodiesel fuels in their vehicle fleet.

DUBAI // Dubai Police could soon be running their bus fleet on fuel partly produced from used cooking oil.

The chief of police, Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, this week inspected a bus that is testing the biodiesel known as B5.

Police said it was the first step in what could grow into a large-scale programme.

The fuel is a mixture of the cooking oil derivative and ordinary diesel fuel, in a ratio of about one unit of biodiesel for 19 of standard diesel.

This 5 per cent mixture is mandatory in some regions, including Europe and can reduce greenhouse emissions by 2.5 per cent.

The B5 mix is a practical option because vehicles can burn it without modification. To use fuel with a higher biodiesel content would require major changes to existing engines.

The technology was developed by the Dubai-based SS Lootah Group, which produces 1,000 litres of biodiesel a day at its facility in Al Quoz. The plant opened in November and processes about six 250-litre drums of used cooking oil every day.

The SS Lootah Group has shared the their biodiesel technology with the Dubai Police.

Eventually, the emirate's police may manufacture biodiesel in-house, from waste oil collected at their facilities.