Keep the environment out of the fuel and the fuel out of the environment
The phrase “keeping the environment out of your fuel and your fuel out of the environment” was first uttered as a joke to the HYDAC marketing team, but the meaning was so clear it was haunting.
If fuel users do, in fact, keep dirt, water, and microorganisms out of diesel fuel, they would go a long way to reducing the amount of emissions and unburnt fuel from going out into the environment. Countless studies have shown that reducing contamination in fuel improves the efficiency of engines, saves fuel, reduces downtime and saves money. Despite this, the same fuel maintenance practices that were developed years ago, before the industry realised that the removal of contaminants was beneficial, are still being used today.
One way of improving fuel maintenance is becoming aware of contamination; ensuring it is accurately measured, whether it is a liquid or particulate. Measuring the particulate contamination in the fuel can be accomplished easily and simply by the application of inline particle counting using equipment such as the HYDAC CS1000. The CS1000 determines cleanliness levels and ensures that fuel being dispensed meets required cleanliness targets set by vehicle manufacturers. The CS1000 can be programmed not only to provide real-time monitoring and measurement of cleanliness levels but also to switch off power or raise an alarm in the event that contamination is detected; output can also be remotely monitored or output to remote display or PLC.
The removal of particulate contamination from diesel fuel can be carried out efficiently and economically by utilising HYDAC’s Depth Filtration media that can provide the cleanliness level required by most engine OEM’s in a single pass, yet is designed so that it does not remove some of the fuel’s other important properties. Depth filtration by HYDAC also provides sufficient cleanliness without stripping valuable fuel components or additives, such as those added to ultra-low-sulphur fuels at the dispensing point.
The removal of liquid contamination, usually water, from diesel is often carried out by large vessels that provide some degree of successful separation or Coalescing of the water. Sometimes this is not a viable technique, however, due to the levels of particulate filtration that are required to protect the coalescers themselves and prevent them from becoming expensive filters let alone the size required to coalesce the large Diesel flows often found.
Through the development of new technology, solutions now exist to allow for on-board water removal products that are far superior to separator elements. HYDAC offers a range of water removal technologies such as Diesel Pre-Care, designed for on-board treatment of both particulate and liquid contamination of diesel fuels. The HYDAC Diesel Pre-Care units are compatible with ULSD and bio-diesel, also feature heating and automatic draining of water to avoid the need for intervention in the event the units need to be drained of collected water and are available with a number of different ratings depending on the fuel quality required.
With the use of Diesel Pre-Care units and other products from HYDAC, we can cover any client’s fuel coalescing and filtration requirements, from bulk storage and be dispensing to On Board vehicle point of use – helping you to keep the environment out of your fuel, and your fuel out of the environment