Did you know that 80% of generator failures are a direct result of fuel related issues? Research studies have concluded diesel fuel’s degradation process begins after only 28 days in a tank. Diesel fuel’s “storage life” is only 1 to 2 years, maximum.* It can take up to 20 years to consume a single storage tank of fuel designed to operate a generator 72 hours at full-load.
So most stored diesel fuel tanks contain severely contaminated product due to the natural age of not only the fuel, but also the vessel. The condition of the fuel is just as important to restored power as the generator itself. But for most people, storage tends to be the most overlooked, most haphazardly maintained component in the power equation.
What is reliability worth to you? Imagine for a moment that contaminated fuel leads to your generator not starting. Then ask yourself this question: “What would a failed generator during a power outage cost me?”
A major credit card processing company experienced this scenario in 2009 and experts predict the emergency equipment failure cost the company between 7 and 32 million dollars.
Good maintenance is the best way to prevent such a scenario. Unfortunately, fuel isn’t like milk, and you can’t do a smell test to know when your fuel has reached its shelf life. For this, you need a comprehensive fuel management program.
Call in an expert. A fuel management service will maintain diesel fuel quality from delivery until consumption of the product. A quality fuel expert will set up a regular schedule of fuel testing, filtration, chemical treatment and compliancy inspections that will help you detect potential problems and remedy them before the power goes off. If a problem is detected, regular testing and provisions for reconditioning eliminate costly pump-outs and refueling.
A good fuel management service will offer:
- ASTM** certified lab testing and analysis
- Diesel fuel reconditioning
- Industry leading chemical treatments
- Compliancy inspections
- Quarantine tanks
- 24 hour emergency response
So who do we recommend? At Palmer Consulting we establish professional partnerships with industry leaders to provide your facility with a turnkey solution to facility maintenance services.
We recommend you contact Patriot Clean Fuel to provide a free complimentary site inspection to your facility when in your service area. Patriot Clean Fuel specializes in industry leading personalized fuel management programs to ensure reliability when you need it most. They will keep your fuel ASTM quality to operate emergency equipment at optimal performance levels as designed by engine manufacturers.
It’s no secret – clean fuel in one of our generators will keep you, your family and your business powered – for life.
*Statistic from the National Fire Protection Association
**American Society for Testing and Materials