E10 fuel was introduced to forecourts at the beginning of September, and was touted as being a cleaner, “greener” fuel. It is blended with up to 10 percent bioethanol and has the potential to reduce transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year.
“This can happen in your fuel tank, as any space not filled up with fuel will be taken up by air containing water vapour.
“The main problem is that the additional bio-ethanol content in E10 prefers to mix with water as opposed to petrol and where there is sufficient of both, it leaves the petrol and combines with the water to form a separate layer at the bottom of the fuel tank.
“The fuel line then draws from this watery alcohol mixture which is pumped directly into the engine.
“Equally, while petrol or diesel are very unlikely to freeze in the temperatures we typically experience in the UK, water condensation left in the empty fuel lines can easily freeze and prevent fuel from reaching your engine.
SulNOx Group, which specialises in providing responsible solutions towards decarbonisation of liquid hydrocarbon fuels, has developed the SulNOxEco Petrol Conditioner.
This is a sustainable, biodegradable fuel additive that mitigates the issues from separation by lifting the water from the bottom of the tank and re-dispersing it throughout the fuel.
Ben Richardson, CEO of the greentech company added: “Although the rollout of E10 is a step forward towards decarbonisation, the issues with the alcohol combining with water is effectively like producing vodka in the fuel tank.
“With SulNOxEco Petrol Conditioner we not only offer immediate protection from the water and corrosion issues of E10, but also offer significantly more reductions in emissions by up to 30 percent, save consumers money and improve their mileage by making fuel burn more efficiently.”