Fuel Additives

Fuel-Additive Expertise to distinguish between additives that work and that dont

Fuel additive development dates from the 1920s and continues to this day. The development in the field is driven by changes in engine designs, fuel compositions, environmental regulation, and the desire to differentiate products for marketing purposes. In a market inundated by re-packagers and resellers and very few technology developers; there are often tall claims (15-30%) being made on fuel-efficiency and emissions improvement. Most of these “novel, cutting-edge” additives are often advanced without a scientific basis or actual verifiable data. Preying on the ignorance and wishful desires of the public, these products, in most cases, are snake oil of the first order. Furthermore, since there are no industry specifications on fuel additives for finished fuel, just performance tests that were established to meet refinery and engine manufacturer standards, a company can introduce products that do not meet any industry standard for components or testing for performance, long term incompatibility or engine damage that can occur after years of use.

On the other hand, there are a handful of fuel- additives out there, that are backed by research and scientific advancement in tribology and combustion-chemistry. To differentiate these real alternatives from the snake-oil products, the end-user needs to take a closer look at the fuel-losses in a conventional vehicle to understand the target areas where fuel-additive chemistry offers scope fuel-efficiency and combustion control. As evidently demonstrated in the Figure, only 21.5% of the energy is used to move the car, with around 62% lost to exhaust and cooling, and 33% lost in friction losses. As such, fuel-additives targeting a selected application (lubrication or friction-modification) can only provide performance within a narrow range. The most impactful fuel-additive chemistries are based on combustion catalysis, as they can alter combustion rate and temperature of the modified surfaces, making that resistant to burning components in the fuel may burn quicker and at lower temperatures than normal, and provide performance outside the chart shown in the figure.

The experts at Process Engineering Consulting includes scientists, engineers and experts with years of experience in area of fuel-additives development. Our knowledge in fuel additives spans catalysis and green chemistry principles that are employed to devise specialty fuel catalysts and improvers for fuel saving and GHG emission cut targets. We are well-versed in chemistry of detergent dispersants, cetane and lubricity improvers, octane and antioxidants. 

Team up with PEC to bring your fuel-additive product to life and get it to market! Call us at +1-825-365-1687 or write to us at info@processengineeringconsulting.com