Neste’s proprietary technology
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is made using a unique combination of hydrotreating and isomerization that enables a wide variety of low quality waste and residues to be turned into high-quality fuels and other renewable products. Regardless of which raw materials are used, the quality of the final HVO product is always the same. This is a big difference compared to biodiesel which is produced through an esterification process. This does not offer the same guarantee in quality as properties of FAME depend largely on what raw materials are used and can vary between producers.
High cetane number
A cetane number indicates ignition properties. It also signifies how well an engine starts in cold weather and it contributes to cleaner and more efficient combustion. The higher the cetane number, the quicker the engine starts. Neste MY Renewable Diesel has a cetane number above 70, whereas neat biodiesel typically has a cetane number between 50 and 60, and the cetane number of the allowed biodiesel blends are even lower, closer to that of fossil diesel.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel’s cloud point, which indicates when fuel starts to be affected by cold temperatures, is as low as -4°F (-20°C) for Winter grade and 10°F (-12°C) for the summer grade. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is made for cold conditions. This is not the case for biodiesel, as it can greatly be affected by cooler temperatures, depending on which raw materials were used.