HVO- The Future of Cleaner Energy

HVO- The Future of Cleaner Energy

As part of Ferrovial’s Carbon and Energy Management Policy, we recognise our responsibility to improve energy efficiency, reducing the demand for finite fuel resources and limit the emissions of greenhouse gases. Our commitment at Q6 is the continual improvement, challenging FCUK and Heathrow Airport Ltd. targets in reducing CO2, NOx and PMs emissions.

For this, we trialled a HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) renewable fuel as an alternative to traditional diesel. The HVO was trialled in a 17t wheeled excavator and it was compared against a 22t tracked excavator. At the end of the trial both the following data was gathered from both machines;

– Fuel consumed
– Hours worked
– Type of work undertaken

The benefits of HVO over that of conventional diesel are the following:
– Utilising HVO can achieve reductions on NOx emissions by up to 30%, PM10 reduced by 75% of PM2.5 reduced by 84%.  
– This HVO type defined as Green+, is chemically similar to petroleum diesel, but is 100% renewable and sustainable.  
– Significant reduction in sulphur and CO2 (up to 90% when the fuel is derived from a qualifying waste)  
– Delivers at least the same performance as regular diesels
– Can be mixed in any percentage with GTL, DERV or Gas Oil
– Can be used in engines that are designed to run on conventional diesel fuel – no additional blending required.
– Due to hydrogenation, the fuel doesn’t contain oxygen, has an excellent cold weather performance and storage characteristics similar to regular diesel.
– Also, the renewable diesel burns cleaner than biodiesel

In summary, HVO is a high-quality bio—based fuel which does not compromise the performance of the plant or engine, only improving the emissions related to plant operations within construction.

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