Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Released PERMEN No.12, 2015 related Time Frame of obligation to use minimum mixture of Bio Diesel for Fuel to be used in transportation and industrial application:
|Type of Application||April 2015||January 2016||January 2020||January 2025|
|PSO Transportation||15 %||20 %||30 %||30 %|
|Non PSO Transportation||15 %||20 %||30 %||30 %|
|Industrial & Commercial||15 %||20 %||30 %||30 %|
|Power Plant||25 %||30 %||30 %||30 %|
This technical note applies to Renault Trucks K range.
Renault Trucks Engine compatibility with Biodiesel
Renault Trucks Engines Euro III, IV, V compatible with Bio diesel that meets EN14214 standard without modification. The diesel fuel in which FAME is mixed must comply with EN 590 standard. In strict accordance with recommendations below Renault Trucks authorize the use of fuels composed of up to 40% FAME maximum.
Recommendation of usage
essential that FAME is handled and stored in the correct manner. Fuel
containing FAME is more sensitive to bacteria growth and water than diesel
fuel. The risk of micro-organism growth is reduced by ensuring the fuel tank
does not contain water residue. Oxygen, heat and light can oxidize the fuel and
Follow the manufacturer´s recommendations regarding maximum storage periods, cleaning of storage tanks, etc.
Make sure that biodiesel is used within 2 months from production of the fuel and do not let vehicles stand still/parked with biodiesel in the tanks and system for more than 4 weeks.
Do not start the engine if the vehicle has been taken out of service for a long period. First the tank must be drained and the fuel and tank must be checked to see if contamination exist.
zinc is not allowed in the system for distribution of fuel and related alloys
shall be avoided as much as possible (i.e. no bronze, no brass, no galvanized
steel and no zinc coated parts). These metals accelerate the degradation
(aging) of FAME. Especially zinc can block the injectors by building up
deposits. Contact fuel supplier for further advice.
FAME can corrode paint and dissolve certain components (such as O-rings and plastic tanks), transporting the deposits to the fuel filter.
FAME has certain solvent properties and can dissolve dirt and deposits in the fuel tank.
Use the maximum driving distance per tank. The fewer times the tank is topped up, the less risk there is of micro-organisms growing in it.
FAME can cause damage to some materials used in fuel system components. Inspect seals, hoses, rubber and plastic components daily. Repair or replace any components that are damaged, softened or leaking. Clean biodiesel from painted surfaces immediately to prevent paint damage.
Starting and running the engine
viscosity at low temperatures can increase the risk of faults or blockages
occurring in the fuel system. Depending on the tank position and length of the
fuel lines it may vary when vehicle get starting problems for different installations.
Biodiesels are characterized with a lower temperature called Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP) which varies depending on the feedstock and the blend level. Get in touch with your FAME supplier for information concerning applicable temperatures for CFPP. It is recommended to keep a safety margin of +10°C versus this CFPP in order to avoid any clogging under cold conditions (e.g. if CFPP is -20°C on the fuel it should not be used under -10°C ambient temperature) and in temperatures below -15° FAME shall not be used at all.
If startup problem occurs, normal diesel fuel (EN590) shall be used.
Blends of FAME and standard diesel
Intermediate blends such as B20 or B30 or B40 are unstable, leading to risk of filter clogging and are therefore to be employed cautiously.
If intermediate blends are used, it should be blended and supplied from a preferred source of fuel supplier.