Neoteric Biofuels Inc, based in British Columbia, Canada, has introduced a new version of its popular "G3 SVO kit" for diesels. International shipping costs have been reduced considerably for the compact, inexpensive version.
The simple add-on kit allows use of straight vegetable oil (SVO) in many existing diesels, and is best suited to indirect injection engines. It can be installed easily in less than a day with a minimum of mechanical skill and basic tools.
With prices as low as $249 US, the kit has already been sold from Canada to the USA, India, the UK, Korea, and the company has recently added a dealer in Australia.
The kit has been used on generators, tractors, small cars and on up to larger V-8 diesel pickup trucks.
The system requires no changes to the engine itself, but relies instead on the "two-tank heating approach". The engine is started on diesel fuel. Then after a minute or two, it is switched over to the vegetable oil via a motor-driven fuel switching valve. A proprietary self-regulating electric inline heater heats the vegetable oil to 70 degrees Celsius, thereby reducing the viscosity of the vegetable oil. Before shutting the engine off, the process is reversed, and the engine is run for a few minutes on diesel fuel, to purge vegetable oil from the injection pump and lines, for easy starts the next time the engine is used.
Performance and fuel economy are virtually the same as for diesel fuel.
Vegetable oil as diesel fuel is renewable and has been shown to reduce diesel particulate emissions by up to 50%, sulphur is virtually non-existent in the fuel, and CO2 emissions are reduced (on a life-cycle basis) by 80-90% compared to diesel fuel.
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