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Safeway and Corporate Express Convert Truck Fleet To Blue Sun Biodiesel B20

Blue Sun is a farmers cooperative supplying B20 biodiesel

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The use of B20 fuel, as compared to using regular petroleum diesel, reduces carbon monoxide by 24%, hydrocarbons by 29%, particulates by 18% and nitrogen oxides by 4%, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.


Safeway announces that is is converting its entire truck fleet, along with trailers and refrigerated units to B20 biodiesel (January 2008).

The grocery chain is switching its entire nationwide fleet to the B20 biodiesel blend. Safeway says they want to find new ways to protect the environment and reduce pollution and they say they hope other major retailers will follow its lead. The environmentally friendly fuel costs a little more, but the company believes it's the right thing to do.

Safeway trucks will use a B20 blend -- 20 percent biodiesel and 80 petroleum diesel. B20 is expected to have a cleaning effect on the engine, so Safeway is prepared to replace fuel filters.

Safeway claims converting its fleet will do away with 75 million tons of carbon emissions. That's the same as taking 7,400 cars off the road.

Corporate Express

Corporate Express US Inc., part of the Dutch-based Corporate Express NV, is now fueling the majority of its 45 delivery truck fleets in Colorado and Kansas with Blue Sun's Fusion B20 biodiesel -- an ultra-low sulfur fuel comprising 20% virgin oilseed-based biodiesel, from renewable US-grown crops, and 80% petroleum diesel.

Blue Sun Farmers Biodiesel Cooperative

Blue Sun Biodiesel cooperative
Blue Sun's agriculture research and development plan is focused on developing low-cost oilseed crops that are well-adapted to the hot, arid growing conditions of the High Plains. Blue Sun estimates that these new types of oilseed crops - our R&D includes dryland mustard, false flax, canola, and rapeseed varieties - can reduce production costs of biodiesel feedstock by 40%. This is crucial since the cost of feedstock (usually made from more expensive soybean oils) represents 75% of the total cost of biodiesel fuels.

Blue Sun's Fusion B20 biodiesel can be used in conventional compression-ignition engines that were designed to be operated on diesel fuel, making it a direct substitute for traditional petroleum diesel.

According to the US Department of Energy, the US currently imports more than 60% of its petroleum. As use of Fusion B20 increases, it will contribute positively to our economy by keeping more fuel dollars in the country and by creating more jobs for US farmers to grow crops for Blue Sun's products.

Recent research data indicate that Blue Sun Fusion(TM) can outperform conventional diesel significantly in terms of emissions reductions, including the reduction of nitrogen oxides (NO), a criteria EPA pollutant that contributes to the formation of ozone. Blue Sun Fusion™ is the only branded B20 available in the United States that research shows reduces NO. See table of the Department of Energy research results below.

Blue Sun Biodiesel
14143 Denver West Parkway
Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-865-7700

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