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FUELSTAT®: instant results for Microbial Contamination in Diesel without delays.
The performance of vital backup power generation assets can only be determined when they are required most, in times of main power supply failure. As such it is highly important that the fuel supplying such important equipment is maintained to the highest quality.
One of the biggest risks to diesel fuel is contamination from microbiological growth. There are certain species of microorganisms that are robust enough to survive in diesel fuel and their life is sustained by even the smallest amount of water. Water gets into fuel mainly from condensation, even in well maintained tanks, from temperature fluctuations night to day, hot to cold etc.
The introduction of FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester), or otherwise referred to as bio content, to modern diesel has been referred to in standards from many countries such as British Standard (BS 5410-3:2016) as having an adverse effect on the quality and life expectancy of fuel and as such makes recommendations regarding the testing of fuel servicing critical, backup power generators. Whilst it indicates that equipment with permanent fuel polishing equipment attached should be tested every six months it recommends that those without such equipment should be tested quarterly.
Can you really afford to take the risk of a backup power failure?
Given the cost of permanently placed fuel polishing equipment, a testing program using FUELSTAT® may be far more cost effective as remedial action costing many thousands will only be undertaken when it is required.
Traditional approaches to testing for contamination have involved sending samples away for days or even weeks then having to return to where the generator is located to fix the contamination. FUELSTAT® testing is done right at the tank, there and then so informed decisions can be made almost instantly in one visit.
FUELSTAT® is based on immunoassay antibody technology, which is widely used in the medical industry to rapidly and accurately detect such things as pregnancy, prostate cancer and hypoglycaemia. Put simply FUELSTAT® only searches for the specific microorganisms that are known to thrive and do damage in diesel and jet fuel.
FUELSTAT® is simple to use, simply add the sample to the bottle provided with the test kit, shake it, place 4 drops onto a piece of tissue to remove any fuel or particles trapped in the nozzle before adding 4 drops to each of the sample wells on the test paddle and wait 10 minutes for the results to appear. FUELSTAT® requires little instruction and little in way of rigid sterility controls except for a clean sampling jar. The components of the test kit are also recyclable; however, the fuel sample must be disposed of as per each individual organisation’s own protocol.
If you want instant verification of the result which can be sent to or received by Headquarters within minutes, then the free to download app FUELSTAT® Result will tell you in seconds on your smartphone device.
FUELSTAT® Result will not only enable a fully transparent and traceable audit trail to track trends and hotspots, but also provide accurate information to enable effective and more cost-efficient maintenance programs to be undertaken.
It may also assist in identifying assets which are more susceptible to microbial contamination, thus aiding more efficient operational risk management.
Over 100,000 FUELSTAT® tests are used every year all over the globe in many highly regulated industries to monitor microbial contamination in middle distillate fuels. It is compliant with the ASTM D8070 International Standard and is used by organisations the world over from airlines to major fuel operators, from militaries to data centres to keep assets protected.