In recent years, biodiesel has emerged as an increasingly popular alternative to conventional fuel sources, largely due to its cleaner nature and potential benefits to the long-term health of engines and catalytic converter components. As opposed to other alternative fuels, biodiesel can be used in existing fuel pumps and heating systems without a large investment in additional equipment. As with all new technology, however, switching to biodiesel requires that operators familiarize themselves with proper usage guidelines.
Biodiesel Storage Recommendations
One of the major limitations of biodiesel is, because of its increased thermal and oxidative instability, it cannot be stored for as long as conventional petroleum diesel. This is true for both 100% biodiesel and blended fuels. Whereas Caterpillar® guidelines recommend storing petroleum diesel for no more than a year, blended fuels rarely remain viable for more than six months.
Power systems and fuel are a major investment for any business. To ensure efficient operation and the long-term health of your engine components, it is important to follow proper storage procedures. Ransome Cat can perform laboratory testing to determine optimal storage times for biodiesel fuels and help you create a structured storage plan.
Did You Know?
Certain regulations don’t require producers to disclose the specific biodiesel content of their fuel if it is less than 5%. Even at those levels, however, biodiesel can have an important effect on stability during long-term storage. Ransome Cat recommends having all blended fuel sources tested to determine best practices for their use.
For more information about how Ransome Cat can help you get the most out of your biodiesel products, contact our team today.