December 6, 2006
Subject: Status Report – UL findings Subsequent to the November 1-2, 2006 UL / United States Department of Energy Technical Forum on E85 Dispenser Material Compatibility
In the November 21, 2006 report of the UL-DOE Technical Forum on E85 Dispenser Material Compatibility (held on November 1-2, 2006) it was indicated that UL had not received the significant technical input in the Forum that it had hoped for. The UL-DOE Technical Forum meeting participants were asked to submit information on material selection protocols currently in use, with technical substantiation, by November 15, 2006.
During the Technical Forum, UL emphasized that the timeline for defining the requirements for E85 dispenser certifications would be highly dependent on the quality and substantiation of the information that UL requested. UL also indicated that a status report to the Forum participants on the overall nature of the information it had received would be provided. The status to date is as follows:
Based on the information and technical data received to date, a list of generically acceptable metals or non-metals for use in E85 environments cannot be established at this time. UL anticipates that testing will be necessary to determine suitability for use. UL is acting on the information that had been identified during and after the Technical Forum, and reviewing additional actions that may be necessary, to establish appropriate testing protocols and certification requirements for E85 dispensers.
UL remains committed to developing appropriate certification requirements for Dispensing Equipment for use with E-85 alcohol fuels in a timely manner. UL is continuing to seek relevant technical information from any informed party and is actively continuing its outreach related to this goal. While the response date for providing technical research supporting the acceptance of specific materials for use in this application has passed, we encourage stakeholders to provide information to assist in the mutual goal of a timely resolution. Status updates will continue on a regular basis, with the next one scheduled for shortly after the holiday period.
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