Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Used on Plant

HVO is a high quality bio-based fuel which does not compromise the performance of the plant or engine, only improving the emissions related to plant operations within construction. Ferrovial trialled a HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) renewable fuel as an alternative to traditional diesel. The HVO was trialled in a 17t wheeled excavator and it was compared against a 22t tracked excavator. At the end of the trial fuel consumed, hours worked and type of work undertaken was gathered from both machines.

As a conclusion, the benefits of HVO over that of conventional diesel are the following:

  • Utilising HVO can achieve reductions on NOx emissions by up to 30%, PM10 reduced by 75% of PM2.5 reduced by 84%.
  • This HVO type defined as Green+, is chemically similar to petroleum diesel, but is 100% renewable and sustainable.
  • Significant reduction in sulphur and CO2 (up to 90% when the fuel is derived from a qualifying waste)
  • Delivers at least the same performance as regular diesels
  • Can be mixed in any percentage with GTL, DERV or Gas Oil
  • Can be used in engines that are designed to run on conventional diesel fuel – no additional blending required.
  • Due to hydrogenation, the fuel doesn’t contain oxygen, has an excellent cold weather performance and storage characteristics similar to regular diesel.
  • Also, the renewable diesel burns cleaner than biodiesel

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