Tom Butcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) was honored by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Forth Worth, TX this week. The dedication reads:
Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of the premier U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) national laboratories and the leading technical institution for heating oil research in the world. Dr. Tom Butcher has served as the head of the Energy Resources Division at Brookhaven for 30 years, and has played an instrumental role in the technical research that has been done over the last six years that formed the basis for the balloting of performance specifications for six percent to 20 percent biodiesel blended into traditional heating oil as a new fuel grade in the ASTM D396 fuel oil standard. His groundbreaking work that showed existing lip seals in Suntec pumps in the field are compatible with B20 was a major factor in addressing questions brought up by the NORA/NBB lead Bioheat Technical Steering Committee.