Summary: Corrosion Crisis, Mechanism, Generators, Control


Corrosion Crisis

Corrosion was first noticed in 2007 following  the introduction of ULSD and biodiesel blends. The fuel is acidifying. Acidified fuel affects all components of the diesel infrastructure. The lifespan of storage tanks is dramatically reduced, corroding piping can result in environmental spills, and emergency generators have a greater risk of failure

Corrosion Mechanism

Emulsified water has permanently moved from the tank bottom into the body of the fuel, and bonded (via a hydrogen bond) with biodiesel components. Traditional filters are not efficient at removing this bonded emulsified water. Microbes have followed the bonded emulsified water into the fuel column, greatly increasing their populations, and producing higher levels of acids, corroding the diesel infrastructure

Emergency Generators

Emergency generator injectors are corroded by acidified fuel, greatly increasing the risk of failure during a crisis. Biofilms can plug pipes and filters, causing the generator to shut down when it is needed most, during a crisis

Corrosion Control

A new generation of filtration has been developed to break the bonds between bonded emulsified water and biodiesel, based on the diesel industry filtration standard, SAE J1488.  A permanent  filtration system is attached to each storage tank

Corrosion Timelines

For over a century, there were few issues with diesel storage that basic housekeeping couldn't address. In 2006, things changed

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