During the next six months the program Etanol, Energía + Limpia (Ethanol, Cleaner Energy) will seek to increase and promote the use of biofuels in Chile. To this end, there will be an evaluation using vehicles with “flex” technology, which can be fuelled with gasoline, ethanol or a mix of both.
The program, which was presented in the country by the companies Petrobas and General Motors, promoters of this initiative, will be put into operation from June until November of this year. During this time two vehicles equipped with “flex” technology will drive around the country propelled by ethanol, and their performance on routes with different elevations and temperatures will be evaluated.
During this period the government will measure the ethanol emissions of the vehicles and establish a standard, in order to subsequently evaluate the feasibility of introducing the technology in Chile. This country currently does not legally authorize the use of ethanol, which explains the absence of vehicles with comparable “flex” technology on the roads.
The main objective of the project is to contribute to diversifying fuel consumption, as well as to offer new alternatives to drivers in the country. Chile recently received an award for its commitment to energy efficiency.
Another aim is to conduct more in-depth studies into the viability of biofuel use. This is currently under analysis by InnovaChile,of the Chilean Development Corporation, Corfo, which has been studying the introduction of energies such as wind, solar and wave energy, among others, in different production sectors.