The problem is well known: Across the EU, up to 7% biodiesel (FAME) is added to conventional fossil diesel. Many Operators who only use their boats seasonally complain openly about the so-called “diesel pest” – fuel residue. This residue necessarily results from the natural micro-organisms in conventional biodiesel, which propagate in great quantities on the tank walls as a result of condensation, and their formation can clog the fuel filter. SeaHelp, the leading nautical breakdown service in Europe, has found this to be the problem statistically again and again, sometimes even leading to serious accidents with serious injuries. Additives offer only limited protection depending on the severity of this filter infestation. SeaHelp points out that with CARE diesel (an already sufficiently proven product on the Austrian market), though made from renewable raw materials and waste materials, does not have usual drawbacks conventional biodiesel has. In short: CARE Diesel is organic, but not biodiesel.
The first diesel boat fueling station at the Schlögen Danube River Bend leisure complex dispenses CARE diesel, and for good reason: failures of engines due to a clogged fuel filter can place the craft in jeopardy on the fast-flowing Danube with dire consequences for the ship and crew. With CARE diesel, this problem belongs to the past once and for all. The chemical structure of CARE is similar to that of the “good, old” fossil diesel, and growth of micro-organisms in the fuel is not possible.
But CARE diesel has other, very tangible advantages. It is virtually odourless, thanks to the lack of highly toxic aromatics. Compared to conventional diesel, significantly less soot is emitted, and injectors, valves and combustion chambers are kept clean. It is classified as water hazard class 1, while diesel previously sold at gas stations is classified as water hazard class 2. In many cases, a significantly reduced engine noise has been registered, the reason being a greatly improved combustion process thanks to the higher cetane number. In addition, measurements have shown in certified emission laboratories that use of CARE Diesel significantly improved emissions performance of the engine. Thus, the nitrogen oxides (NOx) were decreased by 9%, carbon monoxide (CO) by 24%, carbon dioxide (CO²) by 28%, hydrocarbons (HC) by 30% and that of the World Health Organization to be highly carcinogenic classified particulate matter (PM) by 33% in comparison to traditional Fossil Diesel. The entire production chain up to the introduction into the ship’s engine has a greenhouse gas reduction of up to 90%.
A new refinery process from the world market leader for diesel fuels from renewable raw materials and waste products, Neste, is also known as HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil). It is already used by many oil companies in the available fueling station’s premium diesel brands.
“V” for “Vegetable” is actually a small misnomer and does not describe the fuel correctly because, according to availability, excess animal fat from food production, waste fats, and fish processing can be used as well, thanks to a further development of the methodology. The basic ingredients used in the manufacturing process of CARE diesel meet the criteria specified in the EU biofuel legislation strict sustainability criteria. In addition, these matrices are ISCC-certified as sustainable, climate-friendly biomass / bioenergy. The ISCC certification has been approved by the German Federal Institute for Food and Agriculture (BLE) 2010.
CARE diesel is generally well tolerated for all diesel engines due to the identical chemical properties compared to fossil diesel. In particular, the problems encountered in the use of biodiesel (FAME) are non-existent. Tests at leading commercial vehicle manufacturers have confirmed these results. Even Lufthansa has used the basic substance, HVO, in a test on the Hamburg-Frankfurt route in an Airbus A321 passenger aircraft successfully for almost half a year on eight flights daily.
With the multiple benefits for the environment, the skipper and his water sports can meet CARE Diesel in a spirit of partnership, especially since there are also efforts by the European Union to reduce CO2 emissions in water sports. This is all a matter of theory that can be better understood at Boot Düsseldorf (17-25.01.2015) at the SeaHelp booth, Hall 11, Booth E21, where skippers and station operators can ask questions and see for themselves the benefits of the new diesel fuel. Or just re-fuel at the Schlögen Leisure Centre!
For more information, visit www.sea-help.eu