In the early 1970’s, when we started Diesel Fuelmasters, fuel was abundant, inexpensive, and quality was insured by the government’s inspections – the end-user was protected.
In the 1980’s, the natural occurring element in crude oil, sulfur, was identified as the main cause of acid rain. A movement was started to remove sulfur from diesel fuel. This was an expensive process for the oil companies and would become a major expense for everyone who operated diesel engines.
Today, we are entering a time of “Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel” (ULSD). The price of diesel fuel has increased from 35 cents per gallon to over $4.00 per gallon. The quality of diesel fuel has drastically decreased and the fuel consumer, not the government, is responsible for maintaining the quality of the fuel.
The government inspections of diesel fuel exist only at the refinery. Diesel fuel is sold as a commodity and all wholesalers buy and load it from a common terminal. Bacteria, water, and dirty fuel tanks are common. This water and chemical contamination can turn good fuel into hazardous waste.
There is a developing industry in chemicals to treat the fuel, but the only sure way to get rid of bad fuel is disposal. Chemically the fuel consumer could kill the bacteria, enzymes and fungi. They could add lubricity agents to the fuel and could boost the cetane to make poor fuel burn, but they could not make dirty fuel clean.
What about Diesel Fuelmasters?
In the fall of 1978, we began to build our first fuel tank cleaning system. We worked with people we knew in the oil fields of Louisiana and the chemical companies in Dallas, Texas, to have a complete program that would address all of our customers’ needs.
In the 1980’s, we opened a division in Florida, working primarily in the citrus industry. Our prior interest had been treating fuel, but now had a mechanical means to clean the fuel as well. We could remove water, separate the dead bacteria, enzymes, and fungi as well as clean the walls of the tanks. With our chemicals we kill the bacteria, break the bond of water suspended in the fuel, and chemically rebuild the fuel.
Today, we have a system to remove all of the contaminates and return better fuel to the tank than it was the day it was made. No more hazardous waste disposal. As the fuel exits our system, we return it to the fuel tank and wash the walls of the tank to ensure that both the tank and the fuel is clean. When finished, we add chemicals to increase the cetane, lubricity, and retard oxidation – stabilizing the fuel. The fuel is now rebuilt to a “better than new” quality.
At the end of our job, we drain the oil/water separator, remove any dirty filters and leave them with our customer for proper disposal. There is no hazardous waste, no disposal fees, and no more fuel problems. Normally 97% to 99% of the fuel we clean will be saved and used amounting to staggering savings for the customer and a powerful reduction to the impact to the environment. What was once hazardous waste is now useable fuel.