We are proud to say that all Volvo Penta diesel engines are HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) compatible since 2016. HVO can be used neat or blended with conventional diesel in all Volvo Penta diesel engines. Since the fuel is stable and maintains a high quality it is suitable for both marine and industrial power systems. Depending on the feedstock of the HVO, the fossil CO2 emissions can be reduced with up to 90%. Volvo Penta sees an increasing interest from our customers for alternative fuels like HVO. And we keep working to find more sustainable solutions that are favorable for both our customers’ businesses and the environment.
HYDRO-TREATED VEGETABLE OIL – A SYNTHETIC FUEL FOR YOUR DIESEL ENGINE
HVO is a renewable, paraffinic fuel produced from either vegetable or animal sources. Hydrogen is added when producing HVO. The hydrogen combines with the oxygen, which removes water from the fuel. Due to this treatment, HVO is a stable and sustainable fuel.
HVO is specified in the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) standard EN 15940 for paraffinic fuels made from synthesis or hydrotreatment.
HVO has a substantially higher cetane number (ignitability) but also somewhat lower density compared to diesel. This leads to a substantial reduction of particulates (soot) but can also lead to a slight decrease in power and a slight increase in volumetric fuel consumption. HVO is also sulfur free.
HVO shall be treated as diesel fuel and works in the exact same way when it comes to service and installation. It is user-friendly and applicable to all diesel engines from Volvo Penta.
The Volvo Group including Volvo Penta, has been conducting measurements and tests on HVO for more than a decade. The testing process includes for example fuel consumption and performance, which has given Volvo Penta an extensive experience in the qualities and possibilities possessed by HVO.