Monday, October 04, 2021

there's a guy on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu that makes and sells a coconut oil mixture of 85% coconut oil and 15% kerosene for use in diesel engines.

 Tony Deamer, who runs a garage and car hire business in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila. makes “Island Fuel” which contains 85% of the purified and filtered coconut oil blended with 15% kerosene. No modifications are required inthe diesel engines that use Island Fuel; however, engine pre‐heaters are recommended forcolder areas.Tony Deamer says that this fuel has been tried and tested over many years and is now readyfor retail sale. Unfortunately, the laws of Vanuatu do not allow the sale of Island Fuel, so hesells only the coconut oil to interested car owners. The minibus fleet owners in Porta Vila havebeen blending their own Island Fuel since 1995. The bus operators are completely satisfiedwith using it and they are reporting an increase inkilometers per litrewhen operating with theIsland Fuel

 Five of his hire cars run on pure coconut oil, which is warmed in a heat exchange unit to reach a viscosity matching that of diesel, before it enters the engine. Deamer has also developed a simple, gravity-feed filtration system which removes water and free fatty acids from the oil, thereby lowering the temperature at which it solidifies. Mixing the purified oil with either diesel or kerosene also prevents it from thickening. In 2002, over 200 minibuses on the island were running on a coconut/diesel mixture, although a change in government excise duty, which raised the price of mixed fuels, has since reduced this number. Coconut oil is also being used to power the generator of COPV Santo, Vanuatu's only industrial copra mill.  via

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