Diesel Contamination

The diesel that we buy in Europe is generally a blend of petrochemical diesel and biodiesel, at a ratio of 93% to 7%.

The biodiesel that has been added since 2011 has less sulphur to reduce the CO2 emissions by up to 50%, however this

biodiesel or FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) increases the biological organisms which produces the ideal conditions for

contamination to thrive.

Common Diesel Contamination

Water Contamination –

  • Dissolved Water
  • Emulsified Water
  • Free Water

Microbial Growth –

  • Bacteria (Typ 1-10 micron)
  • Mould
  • Yeast
  • Biofilms

Solid Particulate –

  • Sludge
  • Gums and Organic
  • Particulate
  • Asphaltines

The Issues Caused by Diesel Contamination

The latest generation of common rail diesel engines operate on a far greater pressure than previous incarnations (up to 30,000 psi)

and can be massively affected by contamination in the fuel supply, in particular the engine filters can regularly become clogged and

require changing along with the fuel injectors becoming fouled resulting in a catastrophic engine failure leading to extended downtime and maintenance costs.

A failure of the engine can have many additional consequences if it is part of a back-up power supply for banks, data centres and hospitals.

In addition contaminated diesel can also cause increased fuel consumption and greater emissions.

A clean and reliable diesel supply is essential to the consistent operation of all diesel engines, by the use of the innovative Delta-Xero unit

configured to condition and maintain your diesel is the way forward.

Please get in touch with Micron Eagle to assess your requirements.