Peter Laviña

The ABCs (Activities, Beliefs and Campaigns) of City Councilor Peter Tiu Laviña of Davao City, Philippines. This blog started on March 9, 2006.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

A better never heard

It truly pains me to read that one company introduced here an alternative fuel by presenting itself as “white” and others “black.”

I strongly feel that this incident would not augur well to our collective efforts to find and introduce to the consumers alternative energy resources like alternative fuels be they biodiesels, ethanols, or additives from sugar, coconut, palm and other agricultural produce.

I received an invitation from Leo Marquez of XeNith Global Network for the March 4, 2006 launching of its fuel additive. Unfortuantely, I had other appointments that Saturday.

I read on the Sunstar Network Online a week later what the product was all about and I was pissed off.

The product introduced was a palm oil-based motor fuel additive. The additive called F2020 accordingly was developed by British and Malaysian researchers. It was claimed to be much better than coconut biodiesel.

Well, I have no problem with one product being better than others. But when the marketeers of one product start to malign other products to picture their product as far superior then that I believe is foul.

Here was how our friend Antonio Ajero reported - “Palmtec president and chief executive officer Bernilo Pacheco told Davao media practitioners his product can save fuel up to 50 percent as against coco bio-diesel, which can save only up to 20 percent. Pacheco, who has written a book on how to combat Philippine poverty, claimed that F2020 is also a fuel purifier with a 100-percent combustion rate. He said that while the palm oil-based fuel saver has impressive engine power performance, coco bio-diesel is problematic. Coco bio-diesel is limited to diesel fuel only, while F2020 is good for gasoline, diesel, and bunker fuel. "Masyadong problemado ang coco diesel, mabigat ang density nito, hindi nasusunog 100 percent," Pacheco said. Tests showed that after a few days of using coco bio-diesel fuel additive, residues, called "latik" in the vernacular, gather in the upper part of the piston chamber, Pacheco bared. He said the unwelcome deposit adversely affect the engine timing, so much so that on the second month, one already needs to open the top part of the engine. On the other hand, Pacheco claimed, F2020 has flush-out power which removes carbon deposits in the combustion chamber on top of the piston, thereby minimizing if not total eradicating smoke belching.”

Well I am no defender of the Philippine Coconut Authority, the Department of Energy, and the private companies selling coco biodiesel here like Flying V, but I believe these adverse claims against coco biodiesel must be answered.

I myself cannot believe that a Johnny come-lately like F2020 is far superior than the already tested coconut methyl ester (CME), which I myself have been using for close to two years now without trouble like “latik.”

If indeed F2020 is far superior, so be it. But I believed that it should not be marketed at the expense of other biodiesels. There simply is plenty of room for many and different “green fuels.”

(Submitted as Signs of the Times column article for Mindanao Times for March 12, 2006)


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"A better never heard" Saturday, March 11, 2006

(Sic)It truly pains me to read that one company introduced here an alternative fuel by presenting itself as “white” and others “black.” (Sic)....

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Blogger enkonizer said...

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"A better never heard" Saturday, March 11, 2006

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Blogger enkonizer said...

BIO-FUELS (bio-ethanol & bio-diesel) are nothing but a petrol-base fuel ADDITIVES.

It is sad to note that bio-fuels (bio-ethanol & bio-diesel) are nothing but a petrol-base fuel additives.

Bio-fuels could be a misnomer in terms of finding/formulating a “genuine”, bio,eco and/or environment-friendly fuel --- possibly, a renewable source of an energy. --- it’s a misnomer indeed to come-up with an alternative energy that the same would contain inorganic petrol-base (methanol & ethanol) and acidic/toxic Sodium/ Potassium Hydroxide Catalytic Reactants, that could lead to corrosion and damage on engine parts.

Bio-diesel is just for mixture at 5%-20% to petro-diesel, If it goes beyond 10-percent or 20-percent use, it will not be good for the vehicle. “We cannot use 100 percent (B100) of coco fuel in the engine”, according to Usec. Eduardo Mañalac, former Usec., of the Department of Energy, now is the President of PNOC.” Thursday, March 11, 2004 @10:12 PM GMT – 12-Baguio testing use of coconut fuel Ecology.

Petroleum Based Fuel Adulteration:
On the product Standardization of Petrol-Fuel Oils, International Trade Standard Specification, the general requirement stipulates – “The fuel oil specified herein shall be hydrocarbon oils FREE from INORGANIC ACIDS and FOREIGN MATTER.”

Bio-ethanol is just a mixture of 10% ethanol & 90% petro-gasoline. It would not be good also for the engine if the mixture would go beyond 35% because it will eat-up the rubber and plastic parts of the engine, thus increases the engine temperature.

Gasoline and MTBE

What does MTBE do?
MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) is classified by the EPA as a ‘possible human carcinogen.’ Despite extensive testing the real effects of MTBE are not entirely known. While 20 public drinking water wells in California are no longer producing water because of MTBE contamination, the levels of MTBE that were required to induce cancer in laboratory conditions is 20,000 to 40,000 times higher than the levels that have been discovered.

How does MTBE get into the water supply?
Biodiesel Drawbacks

Biodiesel can cause some problems. For example:

Gelling Temperature: …Biodiesel gels at a higher temperature (32 degrees) than standard #2 diesel (-15 degrees). This isn't a problem with biodiesel/petro-diesel blends of 20% or less (B20 - B2) but it makes the use of B100 unworkable in a commercial vehicle.

Lower BTU Rating: …A study done by the University of North Dakota indicated that, while there are significant fluctuations, #2 diesel contains about 140,000 BTUs per gallon while B100 contains about 130,000 BTUs. (B20 contains 138,000 BTUs.)

Higher Nitrogen Oxide Emissions: Since biodiesel contains no nitrogen, the increase in NOx emissions is probably due to the higher cetane rating and the high oxygen content of biodiesel. These two qualities are thought to cause the nitrogen contained in the air to be converted into NOx during combustion.

Higher Solvent Properties: Because biodiesel acts as a solvent it's likely, when used in an engine that ran previously on petro-diesel, that any sediment in the fuel system might be washed into the engine's filters and fuel injectors. Rubber gaskets and hoses will also degrade at a higher rate. This means that filters will need to be changed within 1000 miles of changing to a biodiesel blend and the hoses and gaskets will eventually need to be changed to something that doesn't react to biodiesel; like Flourenated Viton.

Health and safety

Methanol is intoxicating but not directly poisonous. It is toxic by its breakdown (toxication) by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase in the liver by forming formic acid and formaldehyde which cause blindness by destruction of the optic nerve. [3] Methanol ingestion can also be fatal due to its CNS depressant properties in the same manner as ethanol poisoning. It enters the body by ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin. Fetal tissue will not tolerate methanol. Dangerous doses will build up if a person is regularly exposed to vapors or handles liquid without skin protection. If methanol has been ingested, a doctor should be contacted immediately.

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