Petroleum diesels typically hold 60ppm of suspended water. At this level, the water is almost insignificant. Provided the fuel is regularly used and replenished microbial contamination is rarely a problem. Bio-diesels typically hold up to 25 times more suspended water than petroleum diesel. The introduction of bio-diesel and bio-diesel blend fuels in recent years, has greatly increased the otential for problems. Bio-diesel is a perfect habitat for vigorous microbial growth. The time fuel exposed to condensation & leaks, or time in undisturbed storage before proliferation begins, is dramatically reduced.
Today’s bio-fuels deteriorate much faster than their petroleum forebears. Colony Forming Units of bacteria grow on the water-fuel interface becoming heavier until they drop out of the fuel to the bottom of the tank where bio-films and sludge quickly form. The bacteria feed on the fuel, but the microbes do not eat ‘all’ of the fuel. They break down the carbon chains, which reduces the combustible properties. This leads to poor starting (or failure to start at all), excessive smoke, reduced power output & blocked filters.
A safe solution for curbing microbial contamination is to pass the fuel through a PureFuel Conditioner. This is a natural solution to he microbe problem that, instead of killing the microbes, renders them dormant. In a dormant state the microbe does not reproduce (no sludge) and does not eat/excrete (no acids, no sugars). In its dormant state, a microbe passes freely through fuel filters and can be consumed in the combustion process.
A PureFuel Conditioner can be installed at all appropriate points in a fuel distribution network and, to provide permanent protection from microbial contamination and restore normal service intervals.
How PureFuel Conditioners Work
- The PureFuel Conditioner causes plasmolysis of single cell organisms –a state in which the cell is dormant.
- The powerful magnetic field inside the PureFuel Conditioner breaks down the biomass into individual cells of less than 1 micron in size.
- The dormant cell produces no adhesive shell & will consequently not form a colony.
- Plasmolysed microbial material, being small enough, passes through filters & is consumed by the engine during combustion.
- Plasmolysed microbes in fuel returned to the tank remains in a dormant state for up to 28 days after treatment.
By recirculating fuel in a tank or storage system, the microbial matter can be maintained indefinitely in its fragmented, dormant condition.
Please see our re-circulating pump in the Filtration & Fuel Conditioning section.
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