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Fuel Polishing question - Fuel Replacement

- Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Q: We have a number of diesel fuel tanks for backup generators.  We normally replace our fuel once per year and use very little during the course of a normal year. Our tanks are inside and never exposed to very high or very low temperatures. Does fuel polishing improve this replacement time? By how much? 

A: Yes, fuel polishing systems when installed correctly will prevent the accumulation of water in the bottom of the tank and extend the life of your fuel thereby reducing your replacement time.

Water at the bottom of the tank allows bacteria, mold and other biological organisms to live in the tank, feed on the fuel and create sludge. In addition, fuel oxidizes over time which creates the dark brown color that you see. This too can all be filtered out with a polisher.

(The use of additives such as ILFC Ten-35 should be added to the tank every time you fuel or every six (6) months. This will cause all water in the tank to coalesce and drop to the bottom as Free Water where the polishing system can remove it before bacteria starts to grow. ILFC is also a stabilizer and Cetane enhancer.)

You can easily extend the life of the fuel beyond two (2) years and in some cases three (3) years with fuel polishing. The ROI on a large fuel polisher would be one (1) year or less. 

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