Bio-Power Gives Diesel Fuel a Boost
Most fleets of vehicles with diesel engines use some kind of fuel conditioner to improve performance. Bio-Power from Renewable Lubricants is a soybased conditioner is designed to help diesel performance and reduce emissions. The United Soybean Board (USB) and the soybean checkoff support and promote new uses for soybeans, including biodiesel and diesel additives made from soy.
Diesel additives have many uses, whether it is to improve performance or reduce emissions. Bio-Power is made from 70 percent to 80 percent biobased materials, improves stability and lubricity, prevents corrosion and keeps injector systems clean chemically. With new regulations on diesel fuel, the additive will become even more beneficial to diesel users.
“As fuel companies have to remove sulfur from diesel fuel, they will have to replace the sulfur with something to improve lubricity,” says Jacqueline Garmier, president of Renewable Lubricants.
Aside from lubricity, the product has been tested for other performance and emissions standards. Based on multiple fleet trials and the Cummins L10 Injector Deposit Test, Bio-Power’s technology shows significant improvements over untreated fuels in fuel economy, exhaust emissions and engine noise.
“One of our fleets using Bio-Power averaged a 10 percent to 11 percent improvement in fuel economy, which saved this on fleet over $50,000 per year when the price of diesel fuel was $1.91,” says Garmier. “The product reduces black smoke and NOx. One of Bio-Power’s biggest benefits is that it helps engines run cleaner.”
The product was field-tested in direct and indirect injection vehicles to show the following results: Improves fuel economy by 4.1 percent to 13.6 percent. Improves horsepower up to 5.6 percent. Reduces black smoke exhaust emissions by up to 42 percent. Protects against low-temperature gelling and icing.
When used at the recommended treat rate in untreated fuel, Bio-Power helps diesel fuels meet and exceed the National Conference on Weights and Measurements (NCWM), Engine Manufacturer’s Association (EMA) and Truck Maintenance Council (TMC) requirements for: Cummins L10 Injector Depositing Test Detergency Fuel Stability using the 180-minute, 302 degree F oxidation test Improved Lubricity Corrosion Protection Water Tolerance To learn more about Bio-Power, visit www.renewablelube.com.
To learn more about new uses for soybeans, visit www.soynewuses.org.