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Experiences from five years of bio-based hydraulics in Germany
In other countries too, efforts have been made to gather documented experiences with biolubricants in hydraulic applications. “Biobased oils in hydraulics – Experiences from Five Years of Market Introduction in Germany” is a report on the experiences gathered from the introduction of biolubricants in hydraulic applications in Germany (from 2000 to 2005).
With the support of the German government, the introduction of biolubricants –bio hydraulic fluids in particular- in mobile equipment has accelerated. Five years’ worth of technical and marketing experiences relating to scientific and technical assistance have been summarised. The successful switch to biolubricants in existing equipment is described in minute detail.

N.B. some of the information provided is outdated and new biolubricants (bearing the European Ecolabel and various national ecolabels) have been put on the market, that adhere to much stricter ecological and technical requirements. However, the report contains some useful considerations that are still valid today.

In Germany, the
Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR)  made an effort to stimulate the use of biolubricants through a number of projects.