Daft, an act of madness or pure genius?

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 24 April 2018

What do you think about adding water into the diesel that you pump into your pick-up truck?

Like me, you will probably scratch your head because water is a big enemy inside a diesel engine’s combustion chamber. Heck, the truck even has a factory fitted water separator to prevent water getting into the engine.

Despite my reservations, off I went to visit MN Fuel Solutions Sdn Bhd’s blending factory in Petaling Jaya to learn more about using water as a supplement to diesel.

The company was set up in 2007, where 10% of the mix was made up of water blended into heavy fuel oil for ship engines. Called emulsified diesel, Aliaa Marizan informed me that this solution is proven, citing regular use in the merchant marine industry.

“Ships plying the Sulphur Emissions Control Area (SECA) in the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean around Europe; the Pacific and the Atlantic around north America use emulsified diesel to lower pollution,’ she said.

SECA standards on diesel engine emissions of sulfur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) were established under the marine pollution convention (Marpol) and United Nations Conference on the Human Environment to control ships’ exhaust pollution.

Emulsified diesel reduces NOx, SOx and PM because it lowers the combustion temperatures. There are also savings in fuel consumption.

“However, it is not easy to emulsify diesel with water and it needs a special blending machine and the addition of a surfactant (think soap), added engineering manager Muhammad Firdaus Baharuddin.

With some research and development of a German-made diesel emulsifier, Aliaa’s father managed to modify it to handle high-speed diesel fuel. The original machine was designed to emulsify heavy fuel oil used in marine engines.

It is obvious that a modified fuel with the power to reduce illegal pollution will be popular with transport operators who want to stay on the right side of the law.

“Our Kleen Diesel is certified to adhere to European Standards CEN CWA 15145: 2004.

“We have recorded up to 88% reduction in opacity (HSU test) as the mix was tested by Puspakom. Kleen Diesel is being trialled by Tiong Nam Transport, TASCO and Universiti Teknologi Petronas,” said Aliaa.

Kleen Diesel is available at 5 sen less than the pump price for Euro 2. While it is recommended for use in Euro2 and direct injection engines, it’s not tested for high-pressure common-rail and Euro5 diesel engines.

For more info, call MN Fuel Solutions Sdn Bhd at 03-7885 8663 or email [email protected]