Commercial and industrial equipment supplier Sandvik has successfully completed testing on a range of Cat C-Series engines confirming that they can run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel, without modifications to either the engines or the fuel tanks.
The Cat C-Series engines were supplied to Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screeners to power its mining and construction equipment. It is expected to help Sandvik and their customers reduce net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 90% compared with conventional diesel, said Caterpillar in a statement.
After deciding to invest in HVO as a renewable fuel, Sandvik Mobiles turned to Cat dealer Finning UK and Ireland to supply compatible engines. HVO is a form of renewable synthetic diesel, produced from certified waste fats and oils through hydro-processing. Its performance is similar to regular diesel but it reduces the carbon footprint associated with operating the engine and can lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) under certain conditions. Its chemical similarity to diesel means that the machine’s power output and uptime are not compromised when introducing HVO as an alternative, while it can also be blended with diesel.
“We are focused on developing our products and services to help our customers transition to a low-carbon economy and fulfill our company’s purpose to help build and power a better and more sustainable world,” said Steve Ferguson, Vice President of Caterpillar Industrial Power Systems.
He concluded, “Our Cat dealer Finning offered its expertise throughout the project, sharing its extensive knowledge on engines and fuels to provide Sandvik with all the information it needed. Our Cat C-Series engines give customers the flexibility to use HVO as both a replacement and addition to their conventional diesel fuel, depending on their requirements.”
In June 2022, Volvo said its Penta D16 engines running on HVO powered this year’s Sweden Rock Festival, while later in the month, Zahid Tractor said it had delivered Cat power solutions, which could run on conventional diesel, B100 biodiesel fuel and HVO, for for The Red Sea Project. Also in June, mobile crushing, screening equipment and stacker specialist Keestrack appointed a new Area Sales Manager for the Middle East and Africa to further develop its business.
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