Contribution to Biofuel Supply in the EU
This project has widened the range of vegetable oils that are made suitable for use as transport fuel by proper pressing, blending and additives. E.g. camelina sativa alone could contribute 60PJ of fuels – without needing extra land for being grown - if mixed-cropping was applied to cereals and fodder pea cultures in the EU.
As a side effect, this would imply a nearly complete switch of the agricultural areas concerned to organic agriculture, thereby strongly enhancing the sustainability of agriculture in the EU.
Due to the high inflammation point and the total harmlessness for ground and water, vegetable oils are very safe and environmentally friendly fuels which are perfectly suitable for environmentally sensible areas and for vehicles operating in agriculture. They are therefore a highly valuable element of a comprehensive biofuel supply strategy.
Within the mix of different biofuels which have the potential to reduce the EU’s dependency on imported fossil fuels, vegetable oil fuels are the potentially the most compatible with food and raw material production. Oil seeds have two products: oil and oil cake which can be used as protein-rich animal food or even human food. In addition, the straw of oil plants can be used for biogas generation.