Hydro Vegetable Oil (HVO) Testing

Hydro Vegetable Oil testing through 14C determination by the LSC (Liquid Scintillation Counting) method.

Hydro Vegetable Oil (HVO) is produced by the hydrogenation of vegetable oils or animal fats. HVO physical properties make it a good diesel fuel product for diesel engines, and HVO is compatible with petroleum refined diesel fuels as a blending stock.

HVO quality testing is provided by Intertek, using a liquid scintillation counting test method. Hydro Vegetable Oil contains paraffinic hydrocarbons with a similar structure to traditional diesel fuel. Because of this, determining the amount of HVO in a diesel fuel/HVO blend cannot be determined by conventional testing methods such as IR spectroscopy,  GC/FID, and GC/MS.

To provide clients data on these blended fuels, Intertek measures 14C isotopic carbons present in the fuel blend to calculate the biofuel component in a blended fuel. This procedure is carried out with the LSC method. 

Benefits of HVO testing using the LSC method:

  • Cost-effective
  • Tests are performed in a fuels laboratory
  • Fast testing and reporting turn around time

The LSC test method can be applied to other fuels (kerosene, gasoline, diesel) and biofuels (EtOH, FAME, HVO). The HVO test method by LSC is currently available in our Bilbao, Spain fuels laboratory. Fuel samples can be easily packaged and shipped to the lab from across Europe, EMEA and the world.

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