HVO Fuel Storage: Trailer Engineering's Complete Guide to HVO Fuel

Trailer Engineering | 28th June 2022

Bowsers for HVO Fuel

HVO is Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil and is a fully renewable and greener alternative to diesel currently gaining popularity for use in diesel engines. As it becomes more prevalent in many industries, you need to know what HVO fuel storage options are available, how you can use it, and what engine it is suitable for.

However, when switching to HVO, you need to know how to store and what type of HVO fuel storage options are available. This guide gives you the complete rundown on HVO, the renewable diesel and how to store it.

What Is HVO?

When talking about the meaning of HVO fuel, you need to fully understand what HVO is and how it is made to appreciate its usability within the road industry and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) industry.

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is a paraffinic renewable fuel and one of the cleanest fuels on the market. Paraffinic fuels are synthetic, clean liquid fuels with low aromatic naphthenic hydrocarbon content and zero sulphur. This means they are totally clean fuels.

HVO is a synthetic, second-generation advanced renewable alternative for diesel that can be used as a drop-in alternative to fossil diesel without modifying existing structures or using a completely new HVO tank.

As a fuel, it can eliminate up to 90% of net CO2 and significantly reduce carbon monoxide emissions, particulate matter and nitrogen oxide.

HVO meets EN 15940 standards and Fuel Quality Directive 2009/30/EC Annex II. HVO fuel storage is also available for long or short-term storage using an HVO fuel bowser, much like you would for fossil fuels.

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Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil: How Is It Made?

HVO is made from different types of vegetable oil. These oils can typically include rapeseed, sunflower and soybean, although they can be mixed with other oil, including animal fats.

The crops are grown to make HVO fuel and bypass damage to the environment preventing further damage, deforestation and disturbing the natural ecosystem.

Processing HVO is energy-intensive and is done by reacting the oils with hydrogen at a high temperature under a high-pressure level.

HVO diesel can be used in conventional diesel engines purely or blended with fossil fuels.

HVO Fuel: What are The Key Benefits of Using HVO?

Now you know what HVO is and its applications in the real world, you should be aware of the benefits of using HVO within your industry and why HVO fuel has become popular.

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HVO Fuel Has a Long Storage Life

One of the most significant benefits of HVO fuel is that thanks to the correct type of HVO fuel storage, such as HVO fuel tanks, it can be stored for up to 10 years, making it ideal for long-term applications storage. This means you can use the correct HVO fuel tanks on-site for many years without worrying about the HVO diesel becoming unusable.

This is due to the hydrogenation process removing the oxygen from the fuel, significantly reducing the risk of degradation and oxidation and increasing its longevity. And as HVO diesel is a second generations-fuel, it doesn't absorb water meaning there is no environment for diesel bugs to thrive.

HVO Is Better for Machinery

If you are looking for a fuel that is kinder to your machinery, HVO fuel is clean-burning, reducing particle production by up to 84%. This improves the cleanliness of an engine, helping to prolong the life of emission control systems while also slowing down the ageing of engine oils.

Another bonus of using HVO diesel is that as it doesn't store water or oxygen, there is no sludge build-up or diesel bugs meaning your filters will remain from contaminants entering your equipment. This remains true regardless of how long your HVO has been in HVO fuel storage or the type of HVO fuel bowser you use.

HVO is suitable for use in colder environments, too, with a freeze point at -40 degrees celsius, meaning not only is it safe for use within agriculture but it can also be used within the aviation industry too.

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil: An Environmentally Friendly Solution

As a completely clean alternative to fossil fuels, HVO has many environmentally friendly benefits.

HVO usage reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by up to 27% and particulate matter (PM) emissions by up to 84%. Therefore, switching to HVO fuel will further reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to cleaner air.

For those companies wishing to reduce their carbon footprint and choose a more ethical and sustainable diesel alternative, HVO can be a viable solution. When switching to HVO fuel, ensure you are using the appropriate HVO fuel storage for your needs to help you have access when required on-site and to allow you to move your reservices from one location to another with minimal fuss.

Could Fuel Bowsers Work for You? Find Out Why They Are the Ideal Choice for Storing HVO Fuel by Reading Our Detailed Guide

Discover why fuel bowsers are the ideal HVO fuel storage solution by checking out our complete, detailed guide here.

You can also find out more about diesel fuel bowsers and why they are the perfect HVO fuel storage solution by speaking to a member of our experienced and friendly team today on +44(0)1384 564765 or by emailing sales@trailereng.com. The Trailer Engineering team look forward to hearing from you.

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