“By facilitating the use of fuels complying with EN15940 across our entire engine range we are sending a clear message to the market that Kubota is not only delivering current technology but also satisfying the demand for future, with even more cleaner fuel technologies,” said Daniel Grant, Manager Marketing Intelligence, Business Unit Engines Europe, Kubota UK.
Paraffinic fuels are produced from sources such as natural gas, coal, vegetable oil, animal and vegetable fats, and their main component is paraffin. Gas-to-Liquids technology turns natural gas into liquid fuels. Fuels synthesised from sources such as vegetable oils and fats are called HVO. “HVO and GTL can be swapped for regular diesel and there is also the capability to mix them with other fuels without compromising engine performance,” added Grant.
Their advantages over conventional fuels include:
- Reduced emissions such as less nitrous oxide (NOx), hydrocarbons, particulate matter, and carbon dioxide
- A longer ‘shelf life’ compared with other fuels such as biodiesel
- HVO fuel is created from renewable, sustainable raw materials
- Excellent cold weather and cold start properties
- No requirement to clean fuel tanks when switching to using the fuels