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BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Use of Advanced Biofuel Blends in Small Engines

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the following topics related to the use of advanced biofuel blends in small engines:

  • The potential to optimize and/or modify small engines to utilize ethanol blends greater than 10% (E10)
  • Technical hurdles of designing, developing, and/or modifying small, internal combustion engines to improve compatibility when operated with high-octane biofuel blends
  • The market impact of increasing the consumption of biofuels in the small engine market
  • Mechanisms for addressing the technical and non-technical hurdles of using biofuels in small engines.

The small engines of interest for this specific RFI are spark-ignition, internal combustion engines such as those found in small tractors, chainsaws, hand-held line trimmers, off-road motorcycles, generator sets, personal water craft, snowmobiles, and all-terrain vehicles. 

To see the full RFI, visit the EERE Exchange website. Responses must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on August 30, 2015.