Storing Diesel fuel can be a difficult but extremely beneficial task. As we enter 2021, ensure you have secure diesel reserves to keep your generators powered for every opportunity and challenge a new year can throw at you. Our team of experts here at Powermark have put together this handy guide on the simple fundamentals of storing Diesel in both the long and short-term. Read on to learn how to build up your Diesel generator fuel reserves for 2021.
Short-term Diesel storage
For both short-term and long-term storage of a critical nature, treat these guides as basic introductions. Do your research on effective biocides and other storage requirements for your needs!
You’ll likely be storing most of your fuel in short-term storage. There are a few parameters that must be met to ensure you are storing your Diesel fuel safely and securely. Firstly, ensure you are following any health & safety guidelines and other such regulations for fuel storage where your Diesel is residing. This may include security and warning symbols. Speaking of residing, the area in which you store your diesel is vital. It should meet the following criteria:
- Be close to your Diesel generator. Refuelling should be a quick and seamless process.
- Be indoors. Indoor storage is safer, typically more resistant to water and dust and more secure
- Be scalable. As your needs grow and change, your storage area will need to grow alongside it.
As long as these criteria are met, you can be fairly confident that your short-term diesel storage will be safe. We offer a variety of Diesel fuel tanks, from popular brands such as CPS and Western Global, whose benefits we’ll discuss in a later article.
Long-term Diesel storage
For long-term Diesel storage of a critical nature, there are two major concerns. Water contamination, and microbes. These both go hand in hand, with microbial contaminants arriving from the conditions brought upon by water. Both will degrade your fuel and render it useless, costing you a considerable amount. To prevent contamination, you must take the same advice as short-term storage and bring it up a notch – so to speak.
- Create a consistent temperature: around 20 degrees and out of sunlight to avoid issues
- Weekly checks of tanks. Ensure rainwater isn’t pooling around tanks, no leaks, et cetera.
- Use diesel storage equipment. There are countless diesel-specific additives, biofilms and et cetera you will need to safely store fuel over long periods
Here at PowerMark, we offer a vast array of genuine diesel generator parts for all of your power solution needs. Next time, we’ll show you some of our quality diesel tankers for sale. We hope this guide has shown you the basics of Diesel fuel storage in time for 2021. Contact us today for advice on any parts your Diesel generator may need throughout this promising year!