Home Official online resource for Algae-X. Algae-X International specializes in the treatment of diesel fuel & diesel algae by offering a variety of diesel fuel conditioning, diesel fuel filtration and diesel fuel polishing products. http://www.algae-x.net/faq-s Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:12:10 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb AXI International Introduces MTC-HC150 High Capacity Mobile Tank Cleaning and Fuel Optimization System http://www.algae-x.net/news/press-release/axi-international-introduces-mtc-hc150-high-capacity-mobile-tank-cleaning-and-fuel-optimization-system http://www.algae-x.net/news/press-release/axi-international-introduces-mtc-hc150-high-capacity-mobile-tank-cleaning-and-fuel-optimization-system March 27, 2013

FORT MYERS, FL USA:

AXI International Introduces 

AXI International, a Florida-based manufacturer of diesel fuel optimization systems and the developer of ALGAE-X® technology, announces today the release of the MTC-HC150 High Capacity Mobile Tank Cleaning and Fuel Optimization System.  The MTC-HC150 is used as a service tool to clean large diesel fuel storage tanks and restore the fuel to optimal condition including mission-critical emergency backup generator installations such as hospitals, public safety and security operations, and data centers.

The MTC-HC150 is the perfect solution for removing sludge, contaminants, and water from tank bottoms and then restoring fuel to “Clear and Bright” optimal condition in large-capacity fuel storage tanks. The MTC-HC150 System features an adjustable filtration flow rate from 15 to 150 gallons per minute, dual independent pre-filter vessels, dual ALGAE-X® Fuel Conditioners, and dual Final Filter vessels.  For portability, the MTC-HC150 System is mounted on two metal skids that have integrated spill containment trays.

“Fuel quality is paramount in mission-critical installations; unserviceable fuel is the most common cause for failure of emergency generators once called into service,” said Wessel van Tonder, AXI’s CEO. “The HC150 addresses this problem at an industry-leading 150 gallons per minute.”

About AXI 

Beginning with the development of the patented ALGAE-X® Inline Fuel Conditioner in 1995, AXI has grown to incorporate Fuel Conditioning Technology in advanced fuel filtration, conditioning and optimization systems. In 2012, AXI doubled the size of its Fort Myers headquarters in order to meet the demand of increased sales. AXI’s Fuel Maintenance and Optimization Systems are not only Green Clean Institute Certified but also they restore and optimize fuel quality – wherever fuel is used or stored. AXI’s commitment to customer service and superior engineering has propelled the company to a worldwide leadership position in the market while promoting the efficient use of non-renewable resources. AXI is represented in more than 70 countries worldwide. AXI Fuel Maintenance Systems are available through factory-trained resellers and representatives, major engine distributors, marine equipment distributors, and fuel storage tank manufacturers, petroleum equipment suppliers.

Read more at: www.AXIFuelConditioning.com 

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The Source of Engine Problems http://www.algae-x.net/axi-fuel/helpful-articles/the-source-of-engine-problems http://www.algae-x.net/axi-fuel/helpful-articles/the-source-of-engine-problems compare_8

 Most Engine Performance Problems Start in the Fuel Tank…

Over the last number of years, we have seen a sudden, dramatic and worldwide increase in Filter Plugging Tendencies. What has changed? Oil supply and environmental concerns have resulted in important changes in fuel production, such as cracking, blending, ultra low sulfur, and the introduction of biofuels.

These changes have negatively impacted the inherent instability of our fuel and significantly shortened its shelf life. Additives, storage and transportation challenges further accelerate fuel degradation.

Reliable power requires the implementation of AXI’s unique and innovative Fuel Optimization and Maintenance Technology to adequately protect engines and preserve the integrity of stored fuel beyond filtration and separation.

Fuel Degradation

Fuel degradation is an inevitable, natural process. And  unless and adequate fuel sampling, testing, monitoring and maintenance program is implemented, fuel breakdown will continue to be a potentially expensive liability and a major contributor to your overall operating costs.

Diesel is a very complex fluid…

It is not homogenous and no two batches will ever be identical. Fuel deterioration, filterability and shelf life depend on a variety of factors including good housekeeping. Fuel breakdown is also dramatically accelerated by changes in temperature, water, microbial contamination, and exposure to heat and pressure from engine injection systems.

Fuel shelf life and filter clogging tendencies depend on a series of factors such as:

  • transportation and storage
  • natural oxidation and breakdown
  • the source of the crude oil
  • use of production additives
  • the addition of biofuel

Fuel breakdown is also accelerated by hot fuel that engines return to the day-tank. Hot return fuel and condensation are important contributors to bad fuel in emergency generator tanks, resulting from exercising the engines without implementing adequate fuel testing and maintenance programs.


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pgeorge@algae-x.net (Patricia George) frontpage Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:05:31 +0000
Is Your Fuel Supply Ready for the Next Disaster? http://www.algae-x.net/marketing/white-papers/is-your-fuel-supply-ready http://www.algae-x.net/marketing/white-papers/is-your-fuel-supply-ready Posted on: Power Perspectives, Electric Power Generation Blog, Caterpillar.lithium.com

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Unfortunately, a general consensus about diesel fuel being "good for life" is a common idea, but this belief is a myth. Many have found this out the hard way, especially in electric power generation. In order to avoid untimely shutdowns, it is imperative that a systematic approach be in place to avoid contaminated fuel.

With today's fuel injection systems operating at such high pressures, utilizing extremely fine tolerances, the days of poor contamination control are over. Today's injectors are extremely vulnerable, subject to wear and premature failure as diesel fuel ages and is not maintained properly.

Poor fuel maintenance can also lead to clogging and blockage of fuel filters. This can slow or even stop the flow of fuel, leading to engine starvation, injector damage, poor performance, and ultimately engine shutdown.

Unlike on-highway trucks and off-road machinery that consume fuel relatively quickly, diesel gensets store large amounts of fuel for extended periods. Stored diesel fuel can present symptoms of fuel degradation in as little as six months. In some applications, the genset will see very little use, allowing the fuel to age. This increases the formation of sediments and bacteria in the fuel. In these cases especially, it is critical that this energy source be maintained.

A few things to consider when maintaining the integrity of your diesel fuel supply:

  • Have fuel samples been taken from three locations (bottom, middle, top) of tank, and evaluated to properly identify fuel quality?
  • Have bacterial and fungal growth inhibitors been added to help combat the effects of fuel being stored for extended periods?
  • Does the fuel supply have its own filtration? Does it have the ability to filter down to 0.5 microns under pressure, as well as a fuel/ water separator to aid in the effort to ensure clean fuel delivery?
  • Has there been a thorough inspection of the fuel tank, including interior video inspection, complete equipment inspection (connections, gauges, monitoring devices) as well as identifying non-compliance issues?
  • Are proper contamination control precautions being taken when replenishing fuel supply? It is important to ensure that the fuel that is received is from a reputable source, who also takes the proper precautions to ensure quality fuel delivery.

Utilizing these maintenance measures will contribute to the longevity and performance of your investment. A failure due to neglect should not be an option, and is easy to avoid if the proper procedures are put into place.

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pgeorge@algae-x.net (Patricia George) frontpage Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:52:40 +0000
Reliability Tied to Generators http://www.algae-x.net/marketing/white-papers/7x24-data-center-reliability-tied-to-generators http://www.algae-x.net/marketing/white-papers/7x24-data-center-reliability-tied-to-generators An analysis of data center failures shows that focusing reliability efforts on generators is the best way to improve uptime.

Data Center Knowledge Magazine, 7×24: Generators Are Key to Improving Reliability   By Rich Miller, November 15, 2011

7x24

When it comes to reliability, diesel generators are far and away the most important pieces of equipment in a data center, and regulatory mandates on fuel may be creating new problems that could raise generator failure rates.

Those were the key points made by Steve Fairfax, President of MTechnology, in a provocative keynote presentation Tuesday at the 7×24 Exchange Fall Conference in Phoenix. Fairfax, whose firm does “science risk” consulting work for both vendors and end users, said in-depth analyses of failure rates in data center components and systems yields counter-intuitive results, especially when it comes to maintenance.

“Generators are the most critical systems in the data center,”

said Fairfax, whose studies of failure data found generators played a role in between 45 and 65 percent of outages in data centers with an N+1 configuration (with one spare backup generator).

“Reducing generator failures has more than 10 times the impact of reducing other component rates. This is where you should be focusing your attention – on generators. That’s what will take you down.”

Fairfax identified three key threats to generator reliability:
  • fuel quality problems due to old fuel mixing with newer fuel
  • quality issues with new Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel and biodiesel fuels
  • wear and tear from efforts to start cold generators as quickly as possible

Fuel Tanks and the “Diesel Solera”

Fairfax said the leading problem with generators is not the failure to start, but the failure to run properly once the generator has started. A key factor in the “failure to run” scenario is fuel quality.

Fairfax highlighted a phenomenon he calls the diesel “solera,” a term for the process for aging wine by mixing small amounts of older vintages with newer wine. While the solera process can help improve wine, it can introduce reliability challenges when it occurs in a tank of diesel fuel – which happens when older fuel remains in the bottom of a tank when it is refilled.

“Every year we take some of the diesel fuel out and add fresh fuel,” said Fairfax. “When was the last time you emptied that tank and cleaned it out?”

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel and BioDiesel

Another factor is the regulatory requirement to use Ultra Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel (ULSD). While ULSD improves the emissions profile of generators, Fairfax said data center operators should pay close attention to fuel quality and tank conditions. Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel is less stable than older distillate diesel fuels, he said, with a maximum storage time of 6 months. “Stabilizers can extend that, but then you have an interesting chemistry experiment going on in your diesel tank,” said Fairfax, who says this could result in a higher incidence of leaks and accelerated wear on seals.

Fairfax offered three recommendations on managing this challenge:

  • Empty and inspect fuel tanks whenever possible.
  • Change your generator testing policies. “Test them as you will run them,” said Fairfax, who said tests should run for 24 to 72 hours to simulate an extended utility outage, which will draw down diesel supplies in ways not seen in shorter periods.
  • Sample your diesel fuel on a regular basis to track fuel quality.

Biodiesel, which is mandated in several states (including Massachusetts, Washington and New Jersey), poses additional challenges. “Biodiesel has a completely different chemistry” than older diesel fuels, said Fairfax, who said biodiesel can dissolves sediments that could clog filters, and has even worse stability than ULSD.

10-Second Start Times

Fairfax noted the NFPA guide to Emergency Power Supply Systems calls for generators to be able to start in 10 seconds for life safety applications. While not all data centers are required to adhere to this, many follow the NFPA guidelines by default. Farfax said Mtechnology’s research found no basis for the 10-second guidance, which he said places high stress on the generators that can shorten lifespan and impact reliability. The 10-second target requires cold equipment to start with a wide-open throttle, creating the highest possible thermal and mechanical stress.

“You get a huge benefit by reducing stresses. One of the best things you could do to improve the reliability of generators is to increase the start time to 30 seconds.”

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TK 240-XT Portable Fuel Tank Cleaning System http://www.algae-x.net/news/press-release/announcing-the-tk-240-xt-portable-fuel-tank-cleaning-system http://www.algae-x.net/news/press-release/announcing-the-tk-240-xt-portable-fuel-tank-cleaning-system

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TK 240-XT Portable Fuel Tank Cleaning System

ALGAE-X International (AXI), a Florida-based manufacturer of diesel fuel quality optimization technology, announces today the release of the TK 240-XT Portable Fuel Tank Cleaning and Fuel Transfer System. The TK 240-XT is the ideal solution to remove sludge and water from smaller diesel tanks while optimizing fuel quality at the same time.  With a compact footprint, the TK 240 is light-weight, easy to handle, and convenient for owners of trucks, RVs, generators, farm equipment, boats and other diesel-powered engines.

“The TK 240-XT uses AXI’s ALGAE-X 500 Fuel Conditioner to optimize fuel quality for peak engine performance, greater reliability and less pollution. The pump on this new system has a flow rate that’s 33% faster than its predecessor, the TK 180-XT. Tanks can be cleaned and fuel optimized more quickly than ever before. ” said Wout Lisseveld, AXI’s CEO.

AXI designed the TK 240-XT System around a self-priming 240 GPH nickel-plated brass gear pump using quality filtration components connected by corrosion-resistant stainless steel plumbing. To ensure optimal filter service life, a pressure gauge is installed on the filter housing. Available filter elements include stainless steel screens, particulate and water block elements.

The TK 240-XT System includes:

 

Visit the product page

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pgeorge@algae-x.net (Patricia George) frontpage Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:12:03 +0000
Symptoms of Fuel Problems http://www.algae-x.net/axi-fuel/helpful-articles/symptoms-of-fuel-problems http://www.algae-x.net/axi-fuel/helpful-articles/symptoms-of-fuel-problems Find out why you're not getting the peak performance you want from your diesel engine and how to fix it.
  • Is your engine just not running the same?
  • No more "get up and go" power from your diesel engine?
  • Do you notice excessive exhaust smoke with potent, noxious fumes?
Most engine performance problems start in the fuel tank. The root of the issue lies in the condition of your fuel.
If your backup emergency power system is not operating reliably or at its peak potential, learn about what issues could be affecting it and discover how to regain reliability

AXI's Green Clean Certified systems and equipment restore, optimize and maintain fuel quality, guaranteeing peak engine performance and reliable power while lowering operating costs.

See also: AXI Frequently Asked Questions

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