Why Diesel? How to use it wisely?
Diesel is a scarce natural resource and must be used judiciously. It is not unlimited and whether we like it or not one day it will be over. This is true for all fossil fuels. Fossil fuel like diesel takes thousands of years to build up, this is why fuel has to be used prudently.
While there is a lot of noise about alternatives to diesel, it is also clear that commitments to diesel have not declined and alternatives to diesel are still unproven or their technology is at a nascent stage.
Today’s diesel engines are clean and efficient and have efficiency anywhere between 25-35%. The new advanced emission-controlled technology combined with the introduction of ultra-low sulphur has resulted in increased efficiency and power of diesel engines. It has also helped in decreasing harmful emissions.
Clean diesel fuel is able to keep pace with battery-operated cars, electric vehicles and hybrid power trains and does not require expensive maintenance. Clean diesel fuel technology is further enhanced by its ability to mix with other hybrid fuel making it a clean sustainable option.
Why is it a better option for the environment?
In an interesting twist, the EU way back in 1998 declared diesel as a more environmentally friendly fuel. Even though diesel contains more carbon than petrol, its CO2 emissions are far lower. Due to the lack of additives in diesel, it is more stable than gas or other fuels. It can be safely used in a confined space as it is far easier to breathe and because of low volatility, it does not catch fire easily.
To further increase the standards, manufacturers are increasingly using catalytic converters and CRT (Continuous Regenerating Technology). CRT is a passive two-stage system that uses NO2 to oxidize the soot from burning diesel. With these systems in place and an upwards 90% of reduction in hydrocarbon, CO2 and other particulate material is achieved. Many diesel engine manufacturers are doing their part in making their engines more efficient by choosing such environmentally friendly options.
Protecting the environment is a healthy duty each must exercise – from recycling to reducing water usage to choosing to lower carbon footprints, is a fine choice we all have to take today.