Innovative Fuel Solutions has developed a product designed for emergency power generation and used to help mitigate risk in long-term storage of diesel fuel in healthcare environments. It was developed to meet compliance with TJC, DNV-GL and NFPA 110 – life safety code without changing your fuel out every year increasing your ROI while mitigating risk. Its uses has crossed over into all emergency backup power generation to include farms, retail, data farms, cell towers, and so much more.
Fuel contamination has been called the second leading cause of Emergency Power Supply Failures. We have seen the stability of fuel degrading faster and faster with the changes in the national fuel supply. Generator manufacturers along with fuel manufacturers agree that #2 diesel fuel oil shows degradation after 9-12 months and #2 diesel fuel oil with B5 – B20 after 6-9 months of storage. Caterpillar recommends changing your fuel out every 12 months. Most companies providing additives are designed to be used with fuel from the pump (gas station) and not with long term storage.
Both Gen-Right formulas (summer and winter blends) take advantage of filming amines to effectively dissolve existing sludge, prevent new sludge, and completely stop internal corrosion of steel tanks.
By treating fuel with our unique treatment, that includes these filming amines, it will help you ensure your fuel is stable and ready to be used when you need it. This is some additional benefits to using our products which is available in a summer and winter blend, the selection is based upon thermal regional zones.
The fuel additives made by the big companies that have (or used to have) real chemists on their staff typically consist of more complex ingredients that fall into three categories:
1. Dispersants (surfactants)
2. Corrosion inhibitors, and
Conventional wisdom in this business says that you need to break up sludge so that a biocide can gain access to the “bugs” that are causing the problems, and that corrosion of steel tanks can be prevented by using any of several corrosion inhibitors that slow down corrosion in water. All of that makes sense on paper — but it has never really worked well in the real world.
What we learned by years of trial and error is that slime forming bacteria (the kind that make sludge happen) are tough to treat with the above approach. They effectively hide from biocides — and can even turn some biocides into food! Even if the above approach worked well, bacteria in the environment tend to develop resistance to biocides over time. Those corrosion inhibitors that work against water don’t necessarily work against water and corrosive bacteria.
The only type of corrosion inhibitor that works well in a fuel sludge situation are what are called “filming amines.” A couple of the major brands of additives include filming amines — but not at the level needed to do the job. What we also learned is that certain filming amines also dissolve the bacterial slime that makes sludge stick together — and that certain combinations of filming amines stop the formation of sludge in the first place.
A simple jar test is used to compare the ability of fuel additives to inhibit sludge formation and protect steel surfaces against fouling and corrosion in the presence of free water (condensation) and biological contamination. This test was first presented at a Brookhaven National Laboratory Oil Heat Technology Conference in 1996 and is designed to mimic real-world conditions.
The tests were completed on the following products
VP = Very Poor (0-3), P = Poor (4-7), F = Fair (8-12), G = Good (13-18),
VG = Very Good (19-24), E = Excellent (25-30)
Gen-Right immediately begins to dissolve suspended microbial contamination and pushes it to the bottom of the jar. The fuel clarifies making it suitable for use. Gen-Right then leaves a microscopic corrosion coating that lines all metal surfaces. Gen-Right continues to dissolve the remaining microbial contamination and prevents further bio-mass development.