The Advantages & Drawbacks of Dynamic Gas Blending
Dynamic fuel blending can significantly reduce operating costs and improve operational flexibility. Indeed, many businesses are turning to systems that support dynamic fuel blending because it offers some attractive benefits. If your business is on the fence, understanding the advantages and drawbacks is the first step to making the right decision for your operations.
Advantages of Dynamic Fuel Blending
Fuel blending can dramatically reduce your reliance on diesel fuel. Blending the fuel with biogas, natural gas, etc., increases your flexibility and allows you to use one, or both, fuel sources as required by the types of work you are doing, or because of the availability and cost of your chosen fuels.
The flexibility to choose one or both fuels allows you to maximize efficiency and minimize fuel costs without diminishing generator performance. Further, generators capable of running biogas, diesel, natural gas, etc., will automatically adjust fuel supply and pressure which optimizes performance and minimizes wear and tear on the generator, and reduces your long-term maintenance needs. It also reduces the risk of suffering a catastrophic system failure.
In turn, this reduces emissions which can help ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and reduces your business’s environmental footprint. This can be a significant advantage if the generator is located within a region with strict emissions limits and hefty fines for any violations.
Drawbacks of Dynamic Fuel Blending
One of the biggest drawbacks is determining which fuels to use. It’s not so much of a drawback as it is a challenge. Some industries, such as oil and gas exploration, have a ready supply of natural gas that makes it easy to operate a dynamic system. But, for example, should you choose to use biogas or other specialized fuel in your generator, you may struggle to find a supplier that can adequately and reliably meet your needs.
And, if you have an existing generator, you will need to upgrade the generator to run dual fuels. Most generators can be converted to do this, but it’s an additional cost to consider and weigh against any potential savings. In most cases, it’s a cost-effective investment. However, if you rarely use your generator, for example, as an emergency standby system, then it may not be worth the expense.
Contact Gen-Tech for More About Dual Fuel Blending!
We offer a number of dual fuel capable power generation systems. We can help you consider the benefits and advantages of selecting diesel generators that can also operate with natural gas, biogas, or other fuels. Our generator experts invite you to contact Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists at (800) 625-8324 to speak with our team and to learn more about the latest advances in the dual fuel blending systems and the technologies we offer.