Whether used vegetable oil from the catering and food industries or other vegetable residues: What was worthless waste a few years ago can now power ships. Volkswagen is the first automaker to use this refined biofuel in its charter ships for some of the new vehicle shipments on European sea routes.
The name of the miracle fuel: MR1-100. Old cooking oils and fats from the catering and food industries can serve as raw materials for the biofuel. Similar to E10 gasoline for cars, the number stands for the proportion made from renewable raw materials. MR1-100 therefore consists of 100 percent organic waste products.
“We are the first automaker to use this fuel on a large scale. In this way, we are putting the old oils to a climate-friendly subsequent use. With 85 percent less CO2 emissions compared to conventional fossil fuel, the contribution to climate protection is enormous,” says Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics.
The fuel is produced by the Dutch company GoodFuels in Rotterdam. Shipping companies can use the renewable fuel to replace sulfurous heavy fuel oil on a one-to-one basis. No modifications to the engine are necessary.