Diesel Fuel Catalyst: Brilliant Ways For Use
What is a Diesel Fuel Catalyst, How They Work, What Makes One Diesel Fuel Catalyst Superior to Another?
The term diesel fuel catalyst is 100 percent appropriate when applied correctly. But, the term is only appropriate when used to describe a true catalyst. Inappropriately, the label is often used to describe products that do not, technically, qualify as catalysts. Because of the mislabeling of fuel supplements, there is a confusion with respect to what a fuel catalyst is, what fuel catalysts do, and what catalysts are best.
While a product may improve the performance of diesel fuel or help improve the performance of a diesel engine, that does not necessarily qualify the product as a fuel catalyst.
In marketing, “fuel catalyst” often describes both mechanical diesel fuel catalysts and chemical additives. Describing both mechanical fuel catalysts and diesel fuel additives as catalysts lead to misunderstandings with respect to both. It leads to questions like:
•What makes a fuel catalyst a catalyst?
•Can a product that is not a catalyst qualify as a fuel catalyst?
•Is it appropriate to call a chemical additive a fuel catalyst when it has no characteristics of a catalyst?
While the term itself, diesel fuel catalyst, should not generate confusion, the way it is used by manufacturers of different products makes it do so.
Diesel Fuel Catalyst Additive vs Mechanical Diesel Fuel Catalyst
In order to determine what fuel catalyst to purchase for your diesel engine, it is imperative to understand what a diesel fuel catalyst is. In order to determine what a fuel catalyst is, it’s necessary to understand what a catalyst is.
Avoiding scientific and technical jargon, a catalyst is something that creates a chemical change in something else without itself changing. More specifically, “A catalyst is a substance that can be added to a reaction to increase the reaction rate without getting consumed in the process,” explains KhanAcademy.com.
That is quite the opposite of a diesel fuel catalyst additive.
What a Diesel Fuel Catalyst Additive Is
A fuel additive is not a catalyst. True, fuel additives causes a reaction when mixed in with diesel. However, fuel additives also react to diesel. Furthermore, the combustion process consumes fuel additives. In addition to reacting to fuel, additives become waste during combustion.
The purpose of a fuel additive depends on the product purchased. Some fuel additives act as detergents. Detergent fuel additives clean the interior of a diesel engine. Some diesel fuel additives purport to lubricate the interior of an engine.
The purpose of other types of fuel additives is to increase the cetane of diesel fuel. These types of additives are called cetane boosters. Cetane being the diesel equivalent of octane, cetane is a measure of how much an engine’s piston can compress a fuel inside a cylinder without the fuel combusting. The higher the octane rating, the more pressure a fuel can withstand without combusting.
While diesel fuel additives can serve an important purpose(s), fuel additives burn up during combustion. As they undergo a chemical change, diesel fuel additives are not catalysts. Furthermore, fuel additives and treatments do not increase fuel — “gas” — mileage.
In fact, fuel additives and treatments decrease fuel efficiency.
Gas Mileage and Fuel Additives/Treatments
Generally, fuel additives are principally composed of a chemical compound like ethanol. Ethanol and other compounds have less fuel density than gasoline or diesel. Fuel density is the formula by which the amount of energy a fuel produces is measured. The fuel density of ethanol is 33 percent less than that of gasoline.
As ethanol and other additives/treatments have considerably lower fuel densities than diesel and gasoline, when mixed with fuel, they cause the fuel efficiency of a vehicle to drop.
Additives and treatments do not help gas mileage. On the contrary, additives, and treatments hurt a vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
What a Mechanical Diesel Fuel Catalyst Is
Mechanical fuel catalysts change diesel at a molecular level. But, rather than going out the tailpipe as an emission, mechanical diesel fuel catalysts are devices. Placed on the fuel line between the tank and the engine, the purpose of a diesel catalyst is to improve the combustibility of diesel.
The purpose of a mechanical diesel fuel catalyst is to increase fuel efficiency by generating a clean burn. Clean combustion serves another purpose as well. By generating a clean burn, emissions decrease, dramatically.
Advantages of Mechanical Diesel Fuel Catalyst
There are distinct advantages to using mechanical diesel fuel catalysts. For one, they are true catalysts. That means a diesel fuel catalyst does not require replacement. Using fuel additives means adding the chemical every time you fill the fuel tank. A fuel catalyst is a one-time cost.
Equally as important, again, catalysts improve fuel efficiency — gas mileage. Fuel additives do not. There may be a slight increase in mileage as a result of having a higher cetane fuel, but it is not significant. The purpose of a fuel catalyst is to increase fuel efficiency.
Diesel Fuel Catalyst Performance
A quality fuel catalyst can increase fuel efficiency by between 3 and 8 percent on trucks and equipment depending on the condition of the engine. Similarly, a catalyst on the fuel line of a generator can increase fuel efficiency by more than 10 percent. A Rentar Fuel Catalyst will increase fuel efficiency by 30 percent on boilers and furnaces
Diesel Fuel Combustion Catalyst Action: How They Work
Diesel fuel catalysts increase fuel efficiency via oxygenation of the fuel molecules. However, catalysts do not oxygenate diesel fuel directly. Instead, they make it possible for the injectors in a diesel engine to oxygenate fuel more efficiently.
To do so, catalysts homogenize diesel fuel. In turn which exposes more diesel fuel molecules to air which means the molecules can undergo a chemical change, combustion. In its natural state, diesel fuel is more like a chunky soup than a uniform liquid. A catalyst increases uniformity.
Diesel Fuel Clusters: the Issue with Diesel
After refinement, diesel fuel is a liquid of an uneven distribution of fuel molecules. The fuel molecules in diesel have a propensity to cluster together. Air cannot reach the molecules on the inside of the clusters.
If air cannot reach the fuel molecules, the fuel molecules will not ignite when put under pressure. The result, the fuel molecules escape out the exhaust without burning. An “unclean burn” is the description given to fuel in which large sums of fuel molecules escape through the exhaust without combusting.
Black smoke is the end result of an unclean burn.
Diesel Fuel Oxygenation with Precious Metals
The purpose of a fuel catalyst is to generate a clean burn, to break up the fuel clusters that are inherent in diesel. A fuel catalyst is a cylinder placed on the fuel line. The inside of the cylinder is lined with precious and heavy metals. Before reaching the engine, the diesel fuel passes through the cylinder.
The reason diesel fuel inherently contains clusters of fuel molecules is because the molecules have a charge. It is the polarization of the fuel molecules that causes them to cluster together.
The heavy and precious metals inside a fuel catalyst eliminate the polarization binding the fuel clusters together. When the fuel clusters break apart, the molecules are ready for oxygenation, hence, combustion.
Diesel Fuel Catalyst Reviews: What to Look for in a Manufacturer
Not all fuel catalysts are created equal. Finding the best diesel fuel catalyst requires research. At its core, the decision to buy a catalyst will come down to reputation. To gain information on the reputation of a catalyst, there are three entities with which the manufacturer of a catalyst should have a relationship.
A reputable catalyst manufacture will have a relationship with the international community. A catalyst may have a reputation on a regional or national level. But, until a catalyst proves its worth on the international stage, you should have reservations about the quality and effectiveness of it.
For example, just because a catalyst has a following in the United States, China or Mexico — the countries that are large with respect to both population and area — do not mean it will meet your standards.
Confidence of Large Corporations
A diesel fuel catalyst with the confidence of large corporations is also one that has undergone intense scrutiny. Lab tests and field tests performed by the manufacturer are not without value. But, until a catalyst endures working conditions and gets approval for the corporate community, how it will perform when you put it to the test is the only speculation.
Confidence of Military
There is no sector, public or private, that puts the equipment to the test like the military. A diesel fuel catalyst that receives high marks from the military will probably have the capacity to endure the working conditions you plan to use it under. High marks from several branches of the military are even better.
The Rentar Diesel Fuel Catalyst
A true catalyst, the Rentar is a pre-combustion catalyst that has everything you require for confidence in a purchase. Again, you can expect to improve the fuel efficiency of your truck or equipment by between 3 and 8 percent. For between every 12.5 and 33.3 gallons, you save a gallon.
On a generator, the Rentar Fuel Catalyst saves you between 12 and 18 gallons per 100. If you put the Rentar Fuel Catalyst on a furnace or boiler, you earn an astronomical 3 gallons for every 10 you burn.
Diesel Fuel Catalyst Cost
Obviously, a diesel fuel catalyst is more expensive than fuel additives. However, a catalyst pays for itself. The money saved on fuel pays for the catalyst. And, the return on investment is shockingly fast. Fuel catalysts like the Rentar pay for themselves in less than a year, guaranteed.
Diesel Fuel Catalyst Warranty
Fuel additives do not come with guarantees or warranties. Fuel catalysts, almost all, come with a warranty. The reason being, they are catalysts. That means no matter how many years of use a catalyst undergoes — no matter how many thousands of gallons pass through the catalyst — it is unaffected. Fuel does not break down a catalyst.
Quality engineering and construction mean the catalyst should last indefinitely. As such, fuel catalysts like the Rentar come with extended warranties. The Rentar comes with a 10-year warranty. That means the Rentar is guaranteed to continue generating substantial savings for more than nine years after it pays for itself.
Confidence of Companies Around the World, with Large Corporations, and the Military
Rentar has a proven track record. Transportation companies, heavy equipment companies, and those running diesel generators around the world have confidence in Rentar. From England to Venezuela, from the Canadian oil fields to those in the Middle East, Rentar is a respected name in the fuel catalyst industry.
The United States Military tested and uses the Rentar Fuel Catalyst. In 1997, the U.S. Navy placed the Rentar Fuel Catalyst on a starboard main engine of the USS Independence. On a voyage from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to California, the Rentar was compared with the port engine not using the device. The engine using the Rentar burned 151 fewer gallons during the voyage. Also tested by the Navy on cargo trucks and other vehicles, the Rentar showed stunning savings in fuel economy – over 40 percent in some cases.
The Rentar Fuel Catalyst and Emissions
With respect to emissions, the Rentar Fuel Catalyst is equally impressive. The Rentar reduces organic and elemental carbons by 35 percent. Black smoke reductions from the Rentar are 44 percent. Greenhouse gas emissions reductions from the Rentar greater than 19 percent.
The Rentar Fuel Catalyst is a true catalyst. It does not break down after use. And as the result of being a catalyst, the Rentar not only reduces emissions dramatically, it increases fuel efficiency.
Fuel additives and treatments do not increase fuel efficiency nor reduce emissions. Catalytic converters reduce emissions but do not increase fuel efficiency.
The Rentar Fuel Catalyst does both.