Bio-fuel in Kerosene
A greener alternative to oil
The Oil Fired Technical Association (OFTEC) have successfully trialled a new blended heating oil which combine a bio-fuel with kerosene. This development means that in the very near future households have a greener alternative to oil heating. (This fuel is already available in the UK and Northern Ireland). The new fuels will blend FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) with Kerosene. The result is a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions which brings a new 30% blend with kerosene (B30K) to a carbon emission factor similar to that of natural gas.
Commenting on the new bio-fuel, Jeremy Hawksley Director of OFTEC said with 1.8 million households in the UK and Ireland running on oil at the moment it is important that we find a viable liquid fuel alternative which will have to be a bio-fuel. In the immediate future it is important the existing boiler and cooker can run on the fuel and hence our intention to promote a blend of bio-fuel with kerosene. We estimate that by 2020 over 90% of households could have switched to this new fuel’.
So what has Grant Engineering done to make sure our boilers are compatible with this new fuel?
Along with Riello burners we have been testing boilers and burners on B30K. Grant and Riello can confirm that all of its residential kerosene oil burner B10 models are suitable to use Class C2 heating fuels with B10 fuel blend up to 30% subject to the correct specification of burner and components with a bio fuel compatible installation.
However burners manufactured prior to the introduction of bio compatible components may require the fitting of a bio fuel kit ensuring a suitable bio-fuel compatible hydraulic circuit and oil lines are used and will also require that the entire oil installation is correctly prepared and capable of operating with such fuels. Riello introduced bio-fuel compatible burners in early 2011 onto the Irish Market