Sandvik has successfully completed testing of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) with Cat C-Series engines to power its mining and construction equipment – without modifications to either the engines or the fuel tanks.
The OEM said this will help reduce net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 90% compared with conventional diesel.
“Our Cat dealer Finning [UK and Ireland] offered its expertise throughout the project, sharing its extensive knowledge on engines and fuels to provide Sandvik with all the information it needed,” said Steve Ferguson, vice president Caterpillar Industrial Power Systems.
“Our Cat C-Series engines give customers the flexibility to use HVO as both a replacement and addition to their conventional diesel fuel, depending on their requirements.”
Jesper Persson, vice president of Life Cycle Services at Sandvik Mobiles added: “Working alongside Finning to performance engineer the feasibility of HVO, means we can data collect and monitor any impact on the performance and output of both new and existing machinery. It’s an exciting step in our contribution to sustainability and we will work together with our customers and suppliers for more productive, safer, and innovative solutions.”
The Cat C-Series engines can run on renewable and alternative fuels including HVO certified to EN15940 or ASTM D975.