Application Report: Testing of Renewable Fuels

Renewable biofuels are fuels produced from renewable sources and include fuels from clean energy and carbon dioxide, hydrogen fuels, and fully synthetic fuels. Instruments from Anton Paar help you to ensure the perfect quality during production, quality control, transport, and storage.

Looking for a way to decarbonize and meet sustainability goals, the use of renewable fuels is a step in the right direction.
HVO - Renewable diesel fuel, also known as Hydrotreated or Hydrogenated Vegetable oil (HVO), can be produced by hydrocracking or hydrogenation from a wide variety of sustainable raw materials including vegetable oils, waste oils and residual fats.
HVO has the advantage that is has a similar chemical structure as conventional fossil fuel with a very good stability against oxidation and hydrolysis and excellent cold flow properties.
GTL - GTL (gas to liquids) is a refinery process to convert natural gas into gasoline or diesel synthetic fuels by using the Fischer-Tropsch process.
As GTL diesel fuels contain mostly paraffinic components, they have an outstanding storage and oxidation stability, because paraffines are the most stable hydrocarbons.
GTL does not contain aromatic components and is non-toxic and non-cancerogenic.
Both fossil and renewable diesel fuels are subject to the same specifications (EN 590/ASTM D975).
The specifications list the exact test methods that have to be applied and the test results that must be fulfilled to comply with the standard specifications.
This application report describes the use of some of Anton Paar’s analytical systems for the testing of renewable fuels.

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