Renewable Fuels

The ASEAN nations are making remarkable progress in promoting the use of renewable fuels, with Malaysia leading the way in biodiesel production. Implementing B10 and B20 biodiesel mandates has significantly influenced this achievement. Meanwhile, Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, has launched the B30 biodiesel program, leading in biodiesel production. Even though Singapore doesn’t have much domestic renewable fuel production, it is actively looking for opportunities to import and use Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) to power its aviation sector. These initiatives demonstrate the ASEAN nations’ unwavering commitment to integrating renewable fuels into their energy portfolios and safeguarding strategies to create a sustainable, energy-resilient, and greener future.

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Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil – HVO

Also known as renewable diesel in America, HVO is a biomass-derived transportation fuel suitable for use in diesel engines, like biodiesel. Unlike fossil fuels, it is made of nonpetroleum renewable resources such as natural fats, vegetable oils, and greases and can be blended in traditional diesel or used as a substitute. The majority of production today is derived from waste and residues, such as palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD), tallow (animal fat), and fish oil.

HVO Fuel in Power Infrastructure

1. Fuel Compatibility Check

Before introducing HVO fuel into power infrastructure, it is essential to verify the compatibility of the equipment, including the power generators or gensets, with the fuel. HVO fuel is designed to be a drop-in replacement for conventional diesel, so in many cases, existing diesel engines can run on HVO fuel without any modifications. However, consulting the equipment manufacturer or supplier is still recommended to ensure compatibility and obtain specific guidelines or recommendations.

2. Fuel Sourcing and Storage

Secure a reliable supply of HVO fuel from reputable sources. HVO fuel is typically supplied in a liquid form similar to diesel and can be stored in existing fuel tanks without needing separate storage infrastructure. Ensure the storage tanks and systems are clean, contaminant-free, and compatible with HVO fuel.

3. Fuel Handling and Dispensing

Handle HVO fuel with standard fuel handling procedures similar to diesel. Ensure proper filtration and maintenance of fuel filters to maintain fuel quality. When dispensing HVO fuel into power infrastructure or gensets, use equipment designed for diesel fuel to prevent cross-contamination.

4. Operation and Monitoring

Start the power infrastructure or gensets using HVO fuel according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Monitor fuel consumption, performance, and emissions to ensure optimal operation. HVO fuel generally offers energy content and combustion characteristics similar to conventional diesel, resulting in comparable power output, efficiency, and maintenance requirements.

5. Maintenance and Servicing

Follow the equipment manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations for power infrastructure or gensets running on HVO fuel. Regularly inspect and maintain fuel filters, lines, and other components to ensure proper functioning and prevent fuel-related issues.

It’s important to note that while HVO fuel is designed to replace traditional diesel, specific operational considerations and equipment requirements may differ. To ensure optimal usage and performance of HVO fuel in your power infrastructure or genset systems, we recommend consulting with the equipment manufacturer or fuel supplier or seeking professional advice.

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