Cummins approves of HVO biofuel
By Adam FreillConstruction Equipment Equipment Technology Green Construction
Engine manufacturer gives nod to renewable diesel for its off-highway Performance Series lineup
In the ongoing aim to lower greenhouse gas emissions, Cummins is turning to used cooking oil. The company, a global provider of engine technologies, has approved Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) biofuel, a renewable diesel product obtained by processing lipids, for its full off-highway Performance Series engine lineup, which ranges from 3.8 to 15 litres in size.
“HVO is a low-carbon solution that enables customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while using their current equipment,” stated Jeremy Harsin, Cummins off-highway marketing director. “It can be supplied through the same infrastructure as conventional diesel making it easy to use.”
Often referred to as renewable diesel or green diesel, the company explained that HVO is obtained by processing lipids such as vegetable oil, tallow or used cooking oil, adding that it delivers up to a 90 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to diesel. Sulfur-free and oxygen-free, it requires no engine modifications for it to be used, with little impact on service intervals, although the company does advise customers to consult their owner’s manuals for details and said that a change to the engine’s electronic calibration could be required for certain engines.
“We understand that customers are looking to find ways to improve the sustainability of their businesses,” said Jeremy Harsin, Cummins off-highway marketing director. “Using equipment installed with our latest ultra-clean and efficient Performance Series engines, powered by renewable fuel is a simple, and cost-effective step.”