Chargeability of ethanol–petrol biofuels during refuelling has been studied in real dispenser environment in order to assess safety risks due to fuel charging at fuel filling stations. Two biofuel blends were studied: E10 containing 10 vol-% of ethanol and 90 vol-% of petrol, and E85 containing about 85 vol-% of ethanol and 15 vol-% of petrol. Charging of standard 95 Octane petrol was studied as a reference. The results show that the charging of E85 is negligible and no charge will be accumulated as long as the fuel dispenser system is properly grounded. In the case of refuelling with E10, charge is accumulated but the level of total charge is still so low that no real electrostatic ignition hazards exist due to fuel charging at filling stations as long as the system is properly grounded. Electrostatic ignition hazards due to fuel charging are real only for standard petrol fuel.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Electrostatics|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
|Event||11th International Conference on Electrostatics (Electrostatics 2009) - Valencia, Spain|
Duration: 27 May 2009 → 29 May 2009
- Risk assessment