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TestOil recently announced a new test to determine the biodiesel content of conventional diesel fuel. The test is in response to requests by industrial customers who need to ensure the fuel they are using meets original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements for biodiesel content. The test results generally are available the same day once TestOil receives the fuel sample.
“We have received inquiries from customers asking if we had the capability to test for biodiesel content,” said Monika Malcolm, TestOil’s analytical services manager. “The need is definitely there, but there was almost no one to meet it. Our new test is excellent for industrial applications such as generators, trucks and other mobile equipment, including forklifts, bulldozers and mining machinery.”
The addition of biodiesel to conventional diesel fuel is becoming more and more common. The benefits of adding a biodiesel/diesel blend include increased lubricity, reduction of harmful emissions and sustainability of the biodiesel. Common blends include B5, which is up to 5 percent biodiesel, and B20, which ranges from 6 to 20 percent biodiesel.
While biodiesel blends are compatible with most diesel engines, issues such as hose or seal incompatibility and cold-weather gelling can occur if the biodiesel concentration exceeds OEM recommendations.
Although biodiesel content labeling is required by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for all blends containing more than 5 percent biodiesel, the labels are not always accurate and the consequences of mislabeling can be significant, degrading performance, damaging the machine or even voiding the warranty. The only way to verify biodiesel content is through laboratory analysis.
In addition to the biodiesel content test, TestOil also offers other testing such as water content and bacteria count.
For more information, visit www.testoil.com.