Biodiesel in Haulage and Transport

With more biofuel usage being expected, it is important to recognise that the use of biodiesel actually brings a number of benefits with it. For example, the emissions that biodiesel creates are practically negligible, and they are also further offset by the actual process of growing the rapeseed; which is beneficial in itself. Because of the sheer scale of transport and haulage operations, reducing individual emissions by even a small amount can swiftly add up to a major contribution. Some schemes also re-cycle waste oil, allowing it to be used within vehicles in limited capacities (especially within warmer temperatures, as cold air tends to cause the oil to solidify). Additionally, biodiesel is cheaper to produce than standard mineral diesel, although some lingering concerns over efficiency prevent it from being hailed as an innovation without fault.

These concerns often centre upon the fact that biodiesel suspends more water within the main body of the fuel; this cannot be easily drained out, and so it is taken into the engine of a vehicle far more readily. This means that biodiesel is less calorific, so more typically needs to be used to achieve the same results as mineral diesel. Some individuals will also claim that the widespread growing of biofuel is detrimental, as the amount of land dedicated to food production is thereby reduced. Of course, the aforementioned environmental benefits of biofuel still stand in response, so it is likely that arguments over such principles will continue to be exchanged for many years.

Clearly, biodiesel is a contentious subject for some, although even the scale of its current acceptance indicates that it is probably here to stay. The higher water content of biodiesel means that it can be problematic for storage, as this factor can promote micro bacterial growth. Because the transport and haulage industries are already making use of biodiesel, it is only natural that specialist fuel management companies should have responded to this growing demand; and that is exactly what we have done here at Fueltek. Although biodiesel is stored in the same sort of tanks as mineral diesel, the management of the fuel must be different, and we can provide you with the advice and the fuel management systems to meet all of your requirements. Please contact us for any further information.