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The Benefits of Emulsified Heavy Furnace Oil

Updated on November 8, 2015

Emulsion is a suspension of small globules of one liquid into a second liquid but the first liquid does not mix with the second. Emulsion of water in oil and vice-versa is a classic example. While a detailed history of emulsion isn’t available, it has been known that emulsion has been in use since the 1930s. It was primarily used in paint and took off from there into other chemical industries. Today, a large segment of industries use the technique to manufacture fuels. Emulsion is largely used in manufacture of crude oil, furnace oil, gas, processed food items etc.

While emulsified or crude oil is produced in factories and plants and later transported to other factories and plants, the oil itself is used by a large number of industries to create their finished product. Bakery products, soft drinks, pharmacies, beauty products, steam boilers, thermal heaters, rubber, PVC etc. are some firms that use emulsified oil or crude oil.

It is not unknown that the problem of global warming occurs due to capitalist and industrial ventures like this. Excessive consumption of fuel leads to exhaustion of fuels and excess of residue from these industrial plants leads to depletion of ozone layer causing climate change on a very large scale.

Apart from that, it causes acute shortage of fuel which leads to depletion of raw material for a huge part of the industrial sector. In fact, a large number of industries have been shutting down owing to lack of oil. The rising oil prices and the oil situation being no secret, the oil industry is tumbling down at rapid speed and only those who have had a strong foothold in the industry since a long time have been able to sustain themselves so far.

One of the many reasons behind this is heavy furnace oil. Heavy furnace oil as the name suggests is burnt in a furnace in order to generate heat, ignition or power. Petrol and diesel are best examples of heavy fuel oil. However, they don’t fall into class 6 furnace oil. Class 6 oil is largely crude oil. The production process of this oil is an extremely delicate one and is disruptive to the environment. The process results in huge amounts of particulate matter and hard carbon deposit as residue. It also generates and releases harmful gases into the environment.

While heavy furnace oil is harmful, it has profitable benefits. It occupies less space, generates heat quickly, doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, is durable and doesn’t require a lot of cleaning after industrial consumption.

However, the same benefits and more can be achieved with emulsified heavy furnace oils. Emulsified heavy furnace oil doesn’t emit harmful residue in exceedingly large amounts. It also doesn’t deposit large quantity of hard carbon after the process. Instead, it burns the carbon completely. The process isn’t as delicate as in the case of heavy furnace oil. Emulsion of heavy furnace oil causes the oil into easy to handle liquid.

There are major differences between emulsified oil and heavy furnace oil. The largest one being the residue in both cases – Heavy furnace oil results into wastage of fuel and also emits a lot of soot which harms the environment. Emulsified heavy furnace oil only results in tiny droplets of fuel as residue. Also, one doesn’t have to clean the machinery over and over in case of emulsified HFO (heavy furnace oil) as opposed to normal HFO. It also reduces waste generation of heat to quite an extent. Also, one doesn’t have to change the burner or the pump time and again. Thus, the equipment requirement is a onetime thing which isn’t the case for HFOs.

As it is obvious, emulsified heavy furnace oil helps a great deal ecologically. Here is how –

  • The residue is barely there

  • Reduces waste generation

  • Fairly less emission of harmful gases

  • Requires less than half the amount of heat from what is required for HFOs

  • Since it doesn’t require change of burner and pump time and again, it also contributes to using lesser of environmental resources

  • Less consumption of energy

  • Little or no wasteful generation of heat

Ecology is a branch of biology that deals with the relationship of human beings with the environment. Naturally, as of today, the relationship between man and environment is largely of destruction and protection. There is no denying of the fact that emulsified heavy furnace oil makes a huge contribution to protection of environment.

While the price of emulsified fuel oil can help macro-economically, at a micro level, it is slightly higher than the price of regular fuel. However, the oil is worth the price given its benefits, durability and quality. Also, if one looks at it from a long term point of view, it is considerably cheap.

Thus, utilisation of emulsified heavy furnace oil helps ecologically, socially and economically.


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