Diesel Fuel Protection

Rolf Lockwood

From Penray comes the ‘Fuel Doctor’ program designed to support and assist fleets, distributors, and other facilities that store large quantities of diesel fuel. The company has also introduced a new diesel fuel system biocide that eliminates microbial activity.

Penray Fuel Prep BiocidePenray’s Fuel Doctors are specially trained field representatives who have learned the intricacies of diesel-fuel sampling, analysis and treatment. The company recommends a twice-yearly spring and fall testing of diesel fuel in storage tanks. An initial field sampling test can reveal the presence of water, sulphurous odor, slime and, in cold weather, gelling. The sample is then sent to authorized labs for detailed chemical analysis. The Fuel Doctor then schedules a consultation with the customer to discuss the results of the analysis and recommended remediation steps. This service ensures that the fuel storage system is operating in optimal health year-round.

Problems with diesel fuel in storage are common, and are compounded by today’s offerings of ULSD and bio-fuels, says Penray. Without proper testing and maintenance, untreated fuels can experience degradation and cause tank corrosion, oxidation, sludge formation, and sediment. And increasingly common is microbial growth within the fuels, particularly with bio-fuels. Left untreated, these conditions can cause a multitude of problems for the storage facility, including clogged filters, clean-out costs, and, in extreme cases, corrosion sufficient to cause tanks to leak, resulting in expensive repairs and costly environmental remediation.

Such problems are contagious and, left untreated, can infect the vehicles that are fueled from these sources. Penray’s new program includes follow-up testing to validate remediation actions and on-going treatment and testing to assure continued quality control.

Penray has also announced a  new product,
Penray Fuel Prep Biocide.

It’s said to eliminate the micro-organisms that grow in the presence of water. New systems and processes, like vapor recovery systems and the blending of ULSD fuels, introduce water into the fuel, as does condensation from changes in ambient temperatures. The water separates from the fuel, promoting the growth of bacteria and fungus in diesel fuel. Penray Fuel Prep Biocide has been formulated to kill 90% of such contaminants within 8 hours of treatment.

Fuel Prep Biocide is highly concentrated for convenience. Just one pint treats 1250 gal (4730 liters), and a gallon treats 10,000 gal (37,854 liters) of fuel –  ideal for bulk storage.

Rolf Lockwood

Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.

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