Biodiesel Supply Solutions
Targray is a leading international biodiesel supplier and distributor. Our company markets a range of wholesale biodiesel and feedstock solutions for distributors, retailers, commodity traders, refineries and transportation companies throughout North America and Europe.
Supported by a large company-managed rail fleet and fuel terminals in several markets, the Biofuels Division is focused on creating turnkey biodiesel solutions that intelligently address the growing global demand for biodiesel fuel in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and a dozen other EU states.
Environmental Benefits of Biodiesel
- Cleaner-burning renewable fuel generating 60% lower GHG emissions than petroleum diesel
- Reduces emissions of carbon dioxide, smog-causing particulate matter, and harmful carcinogens
- Greatly reduces the carbon footprint, especially when produced from waste
- Significantly less flammable than petroleum diesel – safer to handle and store
- 10 times lower toxicity than table salt, with biodegradability equivalent to sugar
- Safer to use in ecologically sensitive areas
Economic Benefits of Biodiesel
- Effective for meeting emissions targets, fulfilling green mandates at enterprise / state levels
- Can be domestically produced in the United States and Europe, helping enhance energy independence
- In states with low-carbon fuel policies, biodiesel is more cost-competitive than diesel
- Biofuel producers and blenders can earn carbon credits in several jurisdictions. (Ex:. RINs, LCFS)
- Easy-to-adopt solution requiring no changes to rail, storage and blending infrastructures
Common Biodiesel Blends
|B5 is a biodiesel blend consisting of 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent petroleum diesel. B5 fuel is the most commonly found biodiesel blend in the U.S., where its use is mandated in several states.|
|B7 is a biodiesel blend containing 7 percent biodiesel. Like all blends containing between 6 and 20 percent biodiesel, B7 fuel is covered by the ASTM D7467 specification. Its use is mandated in several jurisdictions including Germany (for road use) and Malaysia (for industrial use).|
|B10 is the term used to describe biodiesel blends with 10 percent biodiesel content. It is most commonly found in Southeast Asia, primarily due to biodiesel policies in Thailand and Malaysia.|
|B20 is a higher-level biodiesel blend containing up to 20 percent biodiesel. A majority of diesel car and truck makers selling in the United States allow B20 use in their vehicles.|
|B99 is the highest-level biodiesel blend, containing between 1 and 0.1 percent petroleum diesel. It is more commercially available than pure biodiesel (B100) in the United States.|
Biodiesel Fuel Characteristics
The power output of biodiesel depends on its blend and quality, as well as the load conditions under which the fuel is burnt. Fuel characteristics impacting fuel efficiency, such as viscosity, specific density, and flash point, will change as the blends as well as the quality of biodiesel varies. Moreover, the thermal efficiency of B100 – as compared to B20 – will vary due to the differing energy content of the various blends.
While many heavy duty engines today are able to run with biodiesel blends up to B20, the fuel systems on some diesel engines are not designed to accommodate biodiesel or renewable diesel. Traditional direct injection fuel systems operate at roughly 3,000 psi at the injector tip while the modern common rail fuel system operates at upwards of 30,000 PSI. In addition, more modern components are designed to operate at a greater temperature range, from below freezing to over 1,000 °F (560 °C).
What is Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is a renewable diesel fuel primarily used as a feedstock for blending with petroleum diesel fuel. Consisting primarily of fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs), it is one of the world’s most diverse fuel types. Biodiesel production is achieved using agricultural by-products like vegetable oils or animal fats. For information on the chemical process behind producing biodiesel, visit energy.gov’s Biofuels Basics page.
Biodiesel is the most common bio-based fuel in Europe and one of the fastest-growing fuel products in the United States. The first EPA-designated advanced biofuel to be commercialized in the U.S., Biodiesel meeting ASTM D6751 specifications can be used in existing diesel engines without modification.
How is Biodiesel made?
Biodiesel is is typically made by chemically reacting lipids i.e. feedstock such as animal tallow, used cooking oil, vegetable oil (notably from soybeans) with an alcohol, producing a methyl, ethyl or propyl ester. This process, called transesterification, can be carried out by various methods including the common batch process, heterogeneous catalysts, supercritical processes, ultrasonic methods, and microwave methods.
Where is Biodiesel used?
Contrary to vegetable and waste oil used to fuel converted diesel engines, biodiesel is a ‘drop-in’ biofuel. This means it can be used with existing diesel engines and distribution infrastructure. Biodiesel can be used alone or blended with petroleum diesel in the desired proportion. It is most typically used in diesel-powered vehicles, but can also be of use in trains, aircraft, marine vessels and diesel generators. Biodiesel blends are also commonly used as a heating oil.
Is Biodiesel renewable?
In contrast to fossil fuels, the source biomatter of biofuel can be quickly regrown. For this reason, biofuels like biodiesel can be classified as a renewable fuel.
Creating Value in the Biodiesel Market
Benefiting from 3 decades of experience in global trade, wholesale distribution and supply chain management, Targray is well-positioned to support the growing requirements of the North American and European low-carbon fuel markets. We manage the fuel supply chain for many of our customers, optimizing stock management, delivery, and haulage to help maximize their return on investment.
The Biofuels Division continuously invests in its terminal and rail infrastructure in order to access key markets and provide supply resilience for buyers. Our global reach enables us to source biodiesel products at the lowest possible cost and move those fuels in the most efficient way to our customers’ service areas.
Turnkey Biodiesel Programs
We market a range of solutions to help businesses enhance their profitability and growth while helping create a more sustainable economy for future generations. Our innovative biofuel supply programs are tailored to meet the evolving needs of our customers, which range in size from small, family-owned truck stops and diesel fuel distributors, to leading global convenience store chains and commodity trading houses.
Biodiesel Compliance Solutions
Leveraging our knowledge of government programs and incentives including the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Renewable Energy Directive, the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and the Blender’s Tax Credit, we are focused on ensuring that fuel industry participants are able to meet their blending requirements efficiently and cost-effectively.
Our expertise surrounding compliance, hedging, taxation and logistics enables us to create valuable turnkey biodiesel solutions for partners in markets throughout the U.S. and Europe. Supported by a company-operated rail fleet and a vast network of fuel terminals, we are the biodiesel supplier of choice for fuel marketers, distributors and retailers seeking to achieve greater profitability while also helping create a more sustainable energy future.
Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers
Founded in 1958, SIGMA is the national trade association representing the most successful, progressive, and innovative fuel marketers and chain retailers in the United States. The association serves to further the interests of both the branded and unbranded segment of the industry while providing information and services to members.
Low Carbon Fuels Coalition
The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) is a trade association dedicated to the support and expansion of market-based low carbon fuel policies. The association analyzes fuel policies aimed at reducing carbon pollution while creating jobs, improving air quality and stimulating agriculture.
California Fuels & Convenience Alliance
Founded in 1952, the California Fuels & Convenience Alliance (CFCA) is the industry’s statewide trade association representing the needs of independent wholesale and retail marketers of gasoline, diesel, lubricating oils and other petroleum products; transporters of those products; and retail convenience store operators.
Illinois Soybean Association B20 Club
A partnership between the Illinois Soybean Association (ILSOY) and the American Lung Association in Illinois, the B20 Club recognizes a select group of Illinois-based organizations with strong commitments to run fleets on blends of 20 percent or greater.
American Fats and Oils Association
The American Fats and Oils Association (AFOA) is a non-profit organization focused on fostering trade and commerce within the United States and throughout the world for animal, fish, and vegetable fats, oils, and protein products.
National Association of Convenience Stores
The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is the industry’s leading advocate on motor fuels policy and represents 80% of the country’s retail fuel sales. NACS is committed to advancing the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve.
Advanced Biofuels Association
Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association
The MPMA was formed in 1923 to provide services to petroleum marketers operating in the state of Minnesota. The Association has four main emphases – education, regulatory analysis and programs to help with compliance, legislative and regulatory monitoring, and services for its members.
European Bulk Oil Traders' Association
Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association
The Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (CIPMA) is a national not-for-profit trade association for Canada’s fuel supply, distribution and marketing industry. CIPMA members are responsible for the distribution of fuels to millions of Canadian consumers.