Australian Company to Burn Own Biodiesel in Trucks

John Davis

peatssoil1An Australian garden supply company will use its own biodiesel for its fleet of trucks. This article from Prime Mover Magazine says Peats Soil is running the green fuel in its Scania trucks, which recently approved renewable diesel in its trucks.

“We have ordered 13 new trucks from Scania that will run on 100 per cent biodiesel,” said Peter Wadewitz, Managing Director of Peats Soil.

“These trucks will replace our existing Scania fleet, plus we are adding two more trucks and two more loaders. This means we will be creating four new jobs for drivers plus adding staff for the laboratory.”

According to Scania, the truck manufacturer will supply Peats Soil with 480 hp six-cylinder trucks and some V8-powered 560 hp prime movers, which will be used to collect waste matter and then deliver bulk and bagged organic supplies around the state.

Peats Soil has developed its own biodiesel manufacturing plant, utilising ‘dirty water’ it collects from food manufacturing locations.

According to Wadewitz, he aims to manufacture more than one million litres of biodiesel in the first year at his McLaren Vale headquarters an hour south of Adelaide, which would provide the bulk of the 1.3m litres his fleet of trucks and loaders will consume annually.

The biodiesel making program at Peats has been developed in association with Adelaide University and has attracted funding from the Australian Research Council.

Biodiesel, International