HVO, is it sustainable?
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil is widely used across the world as an alternative to fossil fuels. With industry experts predicting use to increase to up to double within the past five years, does this suggest a new pathway to fuel sustainability?
What is HVO and what are the pros to using it?
Hydrogenated vegetable oil is a renewable biofuel manufactured using vegetable oils and animal fats as an alternative to fossil fuels. Production methods consist of hydrogenation at high temperatures in a very specific process to create biofuel almost equivalent to diesel.
HVO is proven to be highly efficient and combustion of the fuel considerably reduces carbon emissions and can be stored for longer periods of time than traditional fossil fuels.
What have we learnt so far about HVO?
Whilst more traditional fuels have been exposed to years of use and testing, HVO manufacturing has proven to be inconsistent and extremely expensive to produce on a large scale.
The increasing global awareness of the harmful effects of palm oil is another concern with HVO production being reliant on the vegetable oil.
Is it sustainable?
We’ve explored the notion of why HVO is only a short term alternative and unsustainable for the environment in the long term. The key takeaway here is that only 7-8% of the UK’s primary energy demand can be provided by HVO, a clear indicator that more is needed in the long term for a sustainable future.
At Fuelcare our focus continues to be to improve fuel combustion and storage methods across our specialist areas within the fuel industry; to protect fuel quality and encourage fuel preservation and fuel engineering services.