Sunday, April 26, 2015
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6000 gallons of new storage plus dispensing stations
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The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) took delivery of two 3,000-gallon above-ground fuel storage tanks, each with their own dispensing system to supply the college's growing fleet of alternative fuel vehicles.
Over 34-percent of the SUNY-ESF fleet of vehicles runs on some form of alternative fuel including flex-fuel (85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline), biodiesel, electric hybrids, concentrated natural gas, and propane.
Each storage tank is divided into compartments; one will store ethanol and gasoline with a dispenser to produce the E-85 mixture needed for flex-fuel vehicles, while the other tank will store biofuel and diesel with a dispenser to produce the correct mixture needed for various vehicles.
ESF students are already producing much of the biofuel for biodiesel from the used cooking oil at a nearby college dining hall. Ethanol produced from the ESF wood-to-ethanol process will also be used for the needed flex fuel.
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