Tips on using biofuels

Find out best practice for using bioethanol and biodiesel.

How can my business go about bulk buying biofuels?

Biofuel providers can provide pricing for bulk delivery of biofuel blends and speciality blends. As for other fuels, these need to be stored on-site in HASNO (Hazardous Substances and New Organisms) approved and certified storage tanks. Prices will differ from those at the pump. Transport/logistics costs are a key component that impacts the final fuel price.

Can biofuels be used in non-vehicle engines?

Bioethanol-blended petrol can be used in almost any petrol engine – from lawn mowers to generators. As with all petrol, don’t leave it in the tank for longer than two months, or it might absorb moisture from the air and then separate. Bioethanol-blended petrol should not be used in marine or aviation applications.

You can use biodiesel blends in almost any diesel engine – including earth moving equipment, tractors, generators or boats.

Before using biodiesel

  • Check your fuel system – if it’s old or in poor condition, it may be worth flushing it first. A mechanic can easily do this for you.
  • Change your fuel filter – biodiesel blends can loosen dirt and carry it through to the fuel filter. If your fuel filter hasn’t been changed recently, change it after the first few fills of biodiesel blend.

Before using bioethanol

  • Be sure to fill your tank on the first use of bioethanol – this will make sure you absorb any existing water in your tank.
  • Change your fuel filter – bioethanol-blended petrol can loosen dirt and carry it through to the fuel filter so changing the filter will help remove any debris that has been dislodged.

Note: it’s important to keep water out of ANY fuel to ensure the best performance of your vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and the fuel cap keeps water out.

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