Is your organization at risk?
There has been an increase in corrosion, Microbial Induced Corrosion (MIC), bacterial/algae contamination, and degradation resulting in genset failures and storage tank failures nationwide. Changes in the way diesel fuel is manufactured, changes in sustainability, increased demand, and consumption patterns have all affected the storability of ULSD.
This could put you at risk for:
- Increased risk for loss of life/lawsuits and fines
- Increased risk for loss of revenue due to loss of power and patient transfer
- Increased risk for maintenance problems and part replacement
- Increased risk for inspection failures from federal, state, and accreditation
- Increased risk for loss of revenue due to catastrophic failure
Most manufacturers/distributors of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) indicate the maximum storage period is 12 months. Generator manufacturers also indicate maximum storage period is 12 months for ULSD and 3-6 months for Bio-Diesel. The degradation and contamination due to bacteria can be catastrophic on modern gensets utilizing High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) and any particulates in the fuel over 4 microns can actually void your warranty as it will blow the injectors out. The injectors are small, usually around 4 microns and operate at pressures between 24,000 and 33,000 PSI.
Adding to the problem is service contractors that do not specialize in fuel and fuel storage and do not conduct the tests necessary to keep your systems functioning. In the case of healthcare organizations, they are not usually familiar with CMMS requirements in the code of federal regulations and accreditation requirements by one of the top 3 organizations; TJC, DNV-GL (soon to be DNV), and HFAP.