Reports

No-Harm List

List of all oxidation stabilizers for FAME as blend component in Diesel fuel which passed the no-harm test successfully.

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Overview of the average sampling results at producers and warehouse operators of AGQM in 2016

This overview informs about the average values that were determined in the unannounced samplings at AGQM's producers and warehouse operators in 2016.

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Biodiesel Quality in Germany 2015

AGQM’s quality management system (QM system), which has been successfully implemented by AGQM members for many years, is the basis for any quality assurance measures. It is continually revised by AGQM’s Quality Assurance Committee (QA Committee) so that it continues to meet the increasing requirements with regard to the Biodiesel quality. The QA Committee members are experts in the field of quality management and come from AGQM member companies as well as non-AGQM companies like commercial laboratories.

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Biodiesel Quality in Germany 2016

To assure the Biodiesel quality of AGQM member companies a quality management system (QM system) was developed which has been implemented successfully for many years. It is continually revised by AGQM’s Quality Assurance Committee (QA Committee) to assure that the increasing requirements regarding the quality of Biodiesel are always met. QA Committee members are experts in the field of quality management and come from AGQM member companies as well as non-AGQM companies like commercial laboratories.

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Biodiesel Quality in Germany 2014

Unannounced sampling to check the product quality of the members of Association Quality Management Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM) is an important element of AGQM’s quality management system. The data compiled over the years form the basis of a database unique in the world for the development of the Biodiesel quality. Therefore, AGQM impressively documents the continuing improvement and optimization of production processes and quality assurance measures in the Biodiesel trade.

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Biodiesel Quality in Germany 2013

Biodiesel remains the key fuel based on renewable raw materials in Germany and will play an important role in the future for maintenance of mobility and in the fight against climate change. The aim of AGQM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V.) and associated biodiesel manufacturer and supplier is to merchandise a product that not only fulfills the minimum requirement standards of the norm but also complies with the demanding quality criteria that AGQM sets to provide fuel at its best for the customer.

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Biodiesel Quality in Germany - AGQM Sampling Campaigns 2012

Since its foundation in 1999, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM) has taken a large number of measures to assure the continuous improvement of the quality of ‘Biodiesel’. Apart from implementing a quality assurance system – which the association makes available to its members and the observance of which it monitors – the most important measure were regular checks of the Biodiesel quality at filling stations and member companies, both trading companies and production plants.

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Biodiesel Quality in Germany – AGQM Sampling Campaigns 2011

Being the most important fuel based on renewable resources, Biodiesel is a supporting pillar when it comes to achieving the climate protection targets defined by the EU Commission for the traffic sector.

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Biodiesel Lifespan Quality Performance

Biodiesel does not have a negative impact on the filterability of Diesel fuel – this is the resumé of a study of AGQM Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e.V (AGQM) which was now completed in cooperation with the mineral oil companies Total Deutschland GmbH and OMV AG. Diesel fuel according to standard DIN EN 590 contains Biodiesel of up to 7 % V/V. It was the objective of this study to examine any possible quality changes of Biodiesel during its entire lifespan and to assess a potential risk for it impairing the filterability of Diesel fuel.

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A short study to assess the metal, phosphorus and sulfur content in biodiesel

More than 7900 individual data of the element contents (Na, K, Ca, Mg, P, S) of market-relevant biodiesel samples from the years 2000 to 2010 were evaluated in the present short study. The data bases of the biodiesel quality management working group (AGQM) and the Analytik-Service GmbH (ASG) were used as database.

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Dioxin content of Biodiesel below limit for foods and animal feed

Due to the Dioxin scandal in Germany at the end of 2010, AGQM initiated the testing of Biodiesel with regard to any Dioxin content. Not only were all levels of the samples tested way lower than the permissible limit for technical products, but in all cases they were also below the significantly lower limits for foods and feed. In most cases the level was even below the quantification limit. The results are available here. The German Federal Environment Agency maintains a database of dioxin content in soil, feed and food in Germany. The report is now updated with a discussion of the congener pattern found in Biodiesel in comparison to the dioxin database of the German Federal Environment Agency.

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AGQM publishes study on the quality of biodiesel

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) is publishing a study on the quality of biodiesel for the first time. The samples were taken and analysed during the course of 2010 from the member companies of AGQM as part of an unannounced sampling process by an independent test institute. The quality of the analysed biodiesel samples fully meets the requirements of DIN EN 14214 as well as the stricter requirements of the AGQM quality assurance system.

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Biodiesel tested for sterol glycosides and filterability

In a broad study, the Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) examined the content of sterol glycosides (SG) and acylated sterol glycosides (ASG) as well as the correlation between the SG and ASG content of biodiesel and its filterability. No correlation could be found between poor filterability and a higher content of SG and ASG.

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Study on steryl glycoside content

The study investigated the ASG and SG contents in soy and rapeseed oils from different processing steps of the vegetable oil production. The samples from those production steps were converted into Biodiesel; thereafter the ASG and SG contents in the Biodiesel were determined.

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Measurement of ultra-fine particles in the exhaust gas of diesel engines fuelled with biodiesel

As a result of the project one can draw the conclusion that biodiesel does not lead to an increased emission of ultra-fine particles.

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Property Demands on Future Biodiesel

Rapeseed oil methyl ester (RME) is currently not suitable for diesel particulate filters. The boiling characteristic of RME is an additional problem that presumably limits its further usability in Euro VI engines. Currently, hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) is in the state of obtaining acceptance as alternative fuel in the German legislation and is in the focus of discussions world-wide. HVO has physical and chemical advantages versus RME. In case RME should continue to be an appropriate fuel its molecule structure must be designed - probably by means of plant breeding. It is important to lower the boiling line by achieving chain lengths between 12 and 16 carbon atoms and to have in mind the oxidation stability by focussing the number and the position of double bonds. Moreover, aspects of emissions and health effects must be kept in mind. Besides plant breeding, research should focus on highly efficient biotechnical transesterification, producing simultaneously shorter chain lengths. The phosphorus and metal contents of future biodiesel must become significantly lower than the specification limits that are valid at present.

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