Shell GTL Fuel offers many environmental and performance benefits when compared to conventional crude derived diesel:
Reduction in harmful emissions
Shell GTL Fuel reduces harmful emissions including Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Particulate Matter (PM), Carbon Monoxide (CO), and unburnt hydrocarbons (HC’s). Quantifiable benefits vary significantly depending on many factors, such as engine size, age, industry, etc.
Trials have shown NOx emissions can be reduced by up to 37%, and PM by up to 90% compared to conventional diesel – supporting the drive to reduce localised pollution.
It is important to note that expected NOx benefits vary according to sector and engine technology, but are typically in the region of 10-20%. Although this does not sound that high, because emissions are released in concentrated areas (ie roads), paraffinic fuels can help reduce emissions exceedance areas by more than a proportional amount. For example, a 10% reduction in NOx emissions could reduce NOx exceedance areas by approximately 20%.
Ease of use
No need for engine modifications, new infastructure or vehicle investment - Shell GTL Fuel can be used as a direct replacement for conventional diesel fuels in heavy and light-duty engines.
Shell GTL Fuel has a longer shelf life than conventional diesel as it is FAME-free with no bio content and with a CFPP below -20˚C. As it will mix with gas oil, there is no need to clean tanks first.
The fuel offers improved levels of safety, handling and storage characteristics due to a higher flash point. As a non-toxic, odourless fuel, Shell GTL Fuel has a low hazard rating because all molecules are paraffinic.
- A cleaner burning alternative fuel with no loss of efficiency
- Having a more uniform combustion, Shell GTL Fuel can reduce noise levels in some engines.
- It provides a better starting performance in cold conditions due to a higher cetane number and a low cold filter plugging point (the temperature at which diesel starts to wax).
Shell GTL Fuel has been proven to be more biodegradable than conventional diesel, with OECD 301 and 307 tests showing that it can be classified as ‘readily biodegradable’. What’s more, Shell GTL Fuel was not detectable in soil 51 days after being introduced.
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