Changes To Fuel Cleanliness Standards!!

In response to issues about fuel cleanliness, the British Standards Institute have now released an updated version of their BS 5410 code of practice. This covers the use of oil in generators, tanks, and boilers used for space heating, hot water, and steam generation.

Changes have been made because of increased concerns about the damage that can be caused by contaminated fuel. Generators are used in places such as schools and hospitals and poor fuel quality may lead to a backup generator failing to start, therefore potentially endangering people’s lives.

The changes to BS 5410 now take bio-fuel and fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) into account. It points out that in order for fuel to stay in good condition, water contamination has to be removed. There are several things you can do to make sure that your fuel supply now meets the new standard. These include:

  • Fuel Analysis
  • Use A Reliable Storage Tank
  • Get Your Fuel Professionally Cleaned And Filtered
  • Purchase The Correct Fuel Filters

The use of bio-fuel and FAME  have had an adverse effect on the quality of fuel and have also affected its lifespan. This is because FAME absorbs more moisture from the air than regular fuel.

When FAME absorbs moisture, it increases the chances of bacterial growth in fuel. This can lead to damaged machinery or obstructions in generators and fuel pumps.