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Components of a contaminated fuel tank stratified by weight

Components of a contaminated fuel tank stratified by weight.

Microbial/Algae Contamination

The number-one issue that our customers reach out to us about is fuel tank hygiene, specifically microbial, commonly referred to as “algae,” contamination. Optimal diesel performance starts with a clean tank.

Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (USLD) fuels contain a maximum of 15 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur and are more prone to contamination. Sulfur acts as a natural poison to microbes (bacteria and fungus). Fuels with lower sulfur content provide a less hostile environment in which the microbes can flourish. Sulfur dissolves and carries water out of fuel systems. ULSD fuels can no longer carry water dissolved in solution, so more water is shedding to the bottom of fuel tanks—creating a life support system and breeding ground for microbes. Additionally, moisture is produced within fuel tanks via condensation (heating and cooling), thermal changes and humidity. Also, diesel fuels blended with biodiesel contain higher levels of water than standard 100 percent petro-diesel, contributing further to the accumulation of water in diesel fuel storage systems. And biodiesel is a food source for microbes.

Actual customer contaminated fuel sample – customer information redacted

 

Premature fuel-filter plugging usually is the first sign of microbial contamination. Microbes invade the water on tank bottoms and become established in as little as one to two months. They grow on all interior surfaces of the fuel tank and encase themselves in their own excrement, seen on fuel-filters as a slimy, black or brown mucous-like substance. The excrement is acidic and causes tank corrosion that can lead to failure of pumps, level-detection devices and tank leakage.

The Power Service laboratory tests thousands of fuel samples every year for sulfur content, water content, biodiesel content and microbial contamination. We regularly counsel our customers on how to remove their active contamination and how to prevent future contaminations from occurring.

 

Microbial contamination treatment procedures require the use of two Power Service diesel fuel additives. Bio Kleen Diesel Fuel Biocide is a dual-phase (effective in both diesel fuel and water) pesticide that kills the microbes. Dual-phase biocides are recommended by OEMs for their effectiveness. Clear-Diesel Fuel & Tank Cleaner should be used with Bio Kleen to provide the most effective kill. While Bio Kleen kills the microbes, Clear-Diesel cleans the fuel tanks by dispersing both the water and the excrement, exposing the microbes to the biocide for a faster and more effective kill and reduces subsequent fuel-filter plugging.

Keeping a fuel tank clean and dry is the best way to prevent a microbial contamination from forming. Clear-Diesel is an advanced diesel fuel and tank cleaning technology. It removes water, disperses fuel contaminants and stabilizes fuel during long-term storage.

 

 

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