Common questions, uncommon results
Is FPC like other fuel treatments?
No, 98% of the fuel additives on the market are solvents. FPC is a
catalyst that makes fuel burn more efficiently. Many fuel additives
claim to be catalysts, but in scientific terms they are not
The combustion of fuel inside your engine is an inefficient process that leaves behind unburned or partially burned byproducts. Compounds containing carbon (C), nitrogen (N), oxygen (O2), hydrocarbons (HC), and sulphur (S) form a sticky layer on the cylinder and pistons. As this layer builds up over time, the efficiency of your engine decreases. A solvent-based fuel additive dissolves away the sticky layer and expels it out of the engine. Once the engine is clean, this type of additive will not provide additional benefit. You can usually tell if a fuel additive is a solvent by its color: solvents are transparent.
FPC contains solvents that will keep your engine clean, but it also contains a metallic component that is not consumed during the combustion process. The organo-metallic compound in FPC catalyzes the combustion reaction and causes fuel to burn more completely. With each piston stroke, the engine burns more of the fuel in the cylinder and generates more power. Less fuel is wasted and emissions are reduced. Therefore, FPC increases fuel efficiency even for brand new engines and continues to provide benefit as long as you continue to use it. A catalyst based product will have a color hue. The color hue indicates what the metallic component is.
For more information see our science page.
What is the catalyst that makes FPC unique?
FPC is a ferrous picrate-based fuel additive. The benefits of using ferrous picrate in fuels have been well known for decades. The first patents on ferrous picrate date back to 1944. Click here to see independent, scientific laboratory results on FPC. Click here to see field tests conducted with FPC.
My equipment is expensive. I've heard of other fuel additives doing harm to engines. Why should I trust FPC?
The active ingredient in FPC has been used since 1944. FPC has never damaged an engine of any type or size in any way, shape, or form. Scientific testing from independent laboratories confirms that FPC does not alter fuel specifications in any way. Using FPC will not void the warranty on your equipment. Tens of billions of dollars worth of equipment have been treated with FPC. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent developing and testing FPC using the most rigorous test procedures for fuel additives. FPC is listed as a non-flammable liquid for shipping within North America and does not contain chemicals that would make your fuel hazardous.
My operations use millions of gallons of fuel. How do I know you're not a mom-and-pop shop?
We have two FPC production plants. One is in Western Australia and the other is in
South Point, Ohio. Our South Point production plant currently has the capacity to
treat 12 million gallons of fuel each and every day. That's over 3 billion gallons
of fuel each year.
Our operations are all computer controlled. Large batches are blended, bottled, labeled, and boxed mechanically. Samples from every batch are tested in our chemistry laboratory using diode array spectrophotometers to ensure quality control.
I understand how I will save fuel, but how will FPC increase the life of my engine?
FPC extends engine life by reducing wear. FPC-treated fuel burns more efficiently and leaves behind fewer byproducts, including the carbon deposits that are the bane of all combustion engines. When the particle size of the deposits is larger than the thickness of the oil film barrier between moving engine parts, abrasive carbon wears away metal. Exhaust gas analysis tests have shown that FPC reduces both the particle size and the quantity of particulate matter, so we know that this is also true inside the combustion chamber. Fewer and smaller carbon particles result in less wear to metallic engine components. Oil analysis tests have shown less metals content in oil samples taken from engines where FPC is used, which also proves that FPC reduces wear. For more information, see the test reports on maintenance and engine wear in our library.
Will using FPC add to my labor costs? I don't have an employee to always add FPC to my tank.
Regardless of your special circumstances, we can work with you to develop a dosing process that minimizes or eliminates labor costs associated with treatment with FPC. The possibilities include:
- Supplying product in containers designed to treat the contents of an entire tanker of fuel so that there is no need for measurement. We are happy to do this for no additional charge.
- Using automated dosing equipment designed to automatically dispense the correct amount of FPC after every fill up.
- Working with your fuel supplier to add FPC in each load of fuel delivered. We have automated dosing equipment that your fuel supplier can use that will measure the flow rate of fuel being off loaded into bulk storage and dispense the correct amount of FPC according to the blend ratio.
- Installing automated dosing equipment for individual equipment that will determine the fuel added by reading the fuel tank float and dispense FPC correctly.
What fuels can be used with FPC? Can it be used with biodiesel?
FPC can be used with any hydrocarbon fuel including diesel, biodiesel, heavy fuel oil, Bunker C fuel, gasoline, etc. The thermodynamic function and science of the combustion process is to break carbon-carbon and carbon-hydrogen bonds and form carbon-oxygen and hydrogen-oxygen bonds. These reactions occur on any hydrocarbon fuel, whether petroleum based or bio based.
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