Texas Approves First Biodiesel Additive to Reduce NOx Emissions

ORYXE Energy International received official approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for the company’s biodiesel fuel additive, ORYXE LED for Biodiesel. The ORYXE Energy technology is the first additive for biodiesel to win approval from the state of Texas.

Test results from a B20 biodiesel blend, submitted to the TCEQ, show that the additive reduces the increase in NOx (oxides of nitrogen) emissions from biodiesel to the level required to qualify as Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED). Fuel producers can now blend ORYXE LED for Biodiesel directly into finished biodiesel blends up to B20 and achieve significant reductions in NOx. The emissions tests that supported the approval under the TxLED program were conducted at West Virginia University Engine and Emissions Research Laboratory, an EPA-recognized facility, and were funded in part by the state of Texas through a grant from the TCEQ. Results from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study show that biodiesel reduces all regulated emissions, with the exception of NOx. NOx is a major contributor to ozone pollution and is a serious problem in many areas of Texas. The TxLED program was launched in November of 2005 to reduce NOx emissions from diesel exhaust in 110 counties, including the metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin and San Antonio. “There are so many benefits to biodiesel, and ORYXE Energy is pleased to offer a NOx solution that adds one more plus to the fuel,” said James M. Cleary, ORYXE Energy chairman and chief executive officer.

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