Power Generation

Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) is a general term used to describe a range of fuel oils made from the heavier parts of crude oil after the lighter parts are removed to produce petrol, diesel and other light products. The most common technologies used to generate power from HFO are reciprocating engines and gas turbines. The choice of meeting energy demands through fossil-fuel power plants, including those that use HFO as a fuel is coming under increasing scrutiny. 

Being the literal fuel of modern life, electricity is an absolute, unassailable necessity, functioning as the cornerstone of home and business life alike. Having such a pivotal purpose, electricity creation and provision needs to be smooth, efficient and reliable.

A single hydrocarbon power plant working 24/7 can create the same amount of energy as 1,000 wind turbines running for the same amount of time? Additionally, power plants that make use of hydrocarbon fuels, such as HFO, can operate solely on the energy that they create; during the electricity creation and supply process, they can remain entirely off the grid.

The dependable availability of this fuel, as well as its greater power creation capability, sees HFO also being used as a backup fuel supply for hybrid plants using alternative fuel sources, such as wind or solar. HFO power plants offer long term reliable operation expectation, long-life expectancy, lower running and maintenance costs, and low noise advantages – necessary elements for an around-the-clock operation.

Unlike other air pollutants, impacts from sulphur emissions are often controlled by placing limits in legislation or policy that governs fuel specifications. A plant of capacity greater than 5.5MWe operating at full load would likely lead to emissions greater than 25,000 tCO2 per year.

Heavy oil is essentially the cheapest fuel on the market for generating electricity with perhaps the exception of burning municipal waste. The costs for this fuel are so low because there is not a lot of demand. Most developed countries have environmental air pollution regulations that heavy oil fired power plants find very difficult to comply with, requiring significant investment in pollution control equipment.

The proprietary ultrasonic technology used in conjunction with Berol® 6446 HFO Emulsion Stabilizer plays a vital part in the process of substantially reducing toxic emissions and saving your business money through increased fuel efficiency and lower engine, burner and heat exchanger maintenance costs.

Ordinarily, heavy fuel oil (HFO) has to be heated to temperatures between 100°C and 120°C before it takes on liquid form, for use in the burners or in static generator engines, which not only costs a staggering amount of money, but also sees a loss of up to one fifth of the users’ HFO in the fuel-heating process. The savings on toxic waste emissions from the reduction of heating the HFO will be significant on a global scale.

Trials and tests on Berol® 6446 HFO Emulsifier showed that the when mixed with product HFO only needs to be heated to between 70°C-90°C (a reduction of 30°C to 40°C), meaning around 30% less fuel is needed for the heating process, which means less HFO is used or needed.

Burning less fuel reduces toxic emissions and the Berol® 6446 HFO Emulsifier will naturally be 30-40% less polluting than any standard grade of HFO.

For around 100 years, companies have tried and failed to successfully create a stable ‘water-in-fuel’ emulsion. The Hielscher report shows, beyond doubt, that Berol® 6446 HFO Emulsion Stabilizer enables a remarkable, stable emulsion with up to 30% water added and as little as 1% Berol® 6446 HFO Emulsion Stabilizer (a stability that has shown a shelf-life in excess of 5 + years).

The SGS Certificate tells us that using Berol® 6446 HFO Emulsion Stabilizer in HFO 380 fuel reduces smoke and soot (particulate matter), NOx gases and sulphur emissions and that the strong acid value in the ash is zero. Choosing to use any of the SulNOx products will dramatically reduce ‘net emissions’, which is a huge step forward in the fight against global warming.

We would be pleased to receive inquiries from any interested parties.