Sandvik’s Mobiles business unit and Cat dealer Finning revealed they have successfully tested hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) with C series Cat engines without making new modifications.
The test could pave the way for the renewable synthetic diesel powering large, mobile crushing and screening equipment from Sandvik.
Forming a part in both companies journey towards a more sustainable future, the use of HVO reduces net carbon emissions by up to 90% compared with conventional diesel.
The HVO used by the companies only made from renewable feedstocks certified by The International Sustainability & Carbon Certification.
Jesper Persson, vice president life cycle services at Sandvik Mobiles, said: “We are committed to using engineering and innovation through our products to make the shift towards more sustainable business. With a host of innovations in the pipeline, including electrification of our offering, we are excited to be pioneers in the industry and invest in renewable fuel sources sustainable rock processing solutions.
“Working alongside Finning to performance-engineer the feasibility of HVO means we can collect data and monitor any impact on the performance and output. It’s an exciting step in our contribution to sustainability and we will work together with our customers and suppliers for more productive, safer, and innovative solutions.”
HVO is a modern way to produce very high-quality renewable diesel fuels without requiring any changes to fuel logistics, engines, or exhaust aftertreatment devices.
Unlike other biodiesels, HVO is not sensitive to low or high temperatures, or indeed to exposure to sunlight, as all oxygen is removed during the production process.
Also, due to the use of hydrogen in the production process, HVO has an impressive shelf life, compared to other biodiesels. Since no iron or system changes are required, it can be considered a drop-in replacement for diesel.
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