Fuel Polishing

What is Fuel Polishing

Fuel polishing is the process whereby diesel fuel is moved through filter media using a pump which operates independently of any other pumps on board a vessel.

Fuel polishing is most commonly found in the marine industry, in particular yachting where vessels remain idle for extended periods of time. The typical fuel polishing system consists of a pump/motor which is electrically powered, 12VDC, 24VDC, 110VAC or 240VAC. Also, the fuel polishing system consists of a fuel filter/water separator for example the Baldwin DAHL system.

One essential of a fuel polishing system is a vacuum gauge which will indicate the cleanliness status of the filter element found in the filter housing. Fuel polishing systems must be capable of removing water, very fine particles (1-5 microns in size) and most importantly, moisture. There are numerous fuel filters which do an adequate job of removing water and particulates, however, unless they remove moisture, the microbes will continue to grow in the fuel tanks.

To be effective, fuel should ideally be polished regular basis. The entire volume of the fuel tanks must be circulated through the described filters four or five times per month. Polishing fuel can be likened to polishing silverware, it takes many "passes" and it takes "frequent" passes in order to maintain the fuel (silverware) in tip top condition. Once a year polishing is a thing of the past. With the newer diesel engines, there is a cleanliness standard which is far more stringent than that of days gone by. If you, the typical yachter, pleasure boater have experienced clogged filters, you know how aggravating that can be not to mention the danger of engines shut down in rough seas or critical situations.

Other fuel polishing scenarios include stationary generators, seasonally operated equipment such as agricultural pumps, mining & military.

F1 Fuel & Environmental offer a complete package from analysis to treatment and prevention of contaminated fuel using world leading products from Baldwin Filters, FuelTreat, Mr Funnel & De-Bug.

In summary, fuel polishing is a long term investment. If you are a "long term" owner, then fuel polishing is critical. Simply stated, if you want your equipment to operate effectively for the long haul, invest in the services and products from F1 Fuel & Environmental that will keep it in optimum operating condition.

For further information please contact either mark@f1fuel.com or rob@f1fuel.com


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