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The Fuel Pulse Show

The Fuel Pulse Show

Author: Erik Bjornstad

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The Fuel Pulse Show is a podcast dedicated to helping vehicle, engine, and operations people that rely on fuel to get their job done. We will talk with experts from every area of the fuel industry and discuss how to deal with the many issues business operations encounter with fuel.
But this isn’t just about fuel - it’s also about the things that use it and all the ways we use it, too.
Each episode features an interview with an expert or thought leader, discussing topics like fuel standards, regulations, cost, quality, fuel treatment, fuel storage, engine performance, and more.
Join us as we navigate the ever-changing world of fuel.
33 Episodes
On today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about the weather and the relationship between seasons with extreme temperatures. In the last episode, I discussed weather as it relates to hurricanes, but those don’t necessarily affect the entire country as temperature does. Temperatures, especially on the extreme side, have quite an impact on most parts of the country, so it’s important for us to take a look further into it and understand what we need to do to prepare and protect ourselves from future fuel issues. You can find show notes and more at:
032 - Hurricane Season

032 - Hurricane Season


Are you ready for hurricane season—and do you know how to find and use the hurricane data that’s out there? It’s important to understand how hurricanes work and how to interpret the data around them, so today I’m sharing the new storm predictions, what has changed, and what it all means for you. You can find show notes and more at:
031 - Myth of D975

031 - Myth of D975


Is a little D975 all you need in order to know the status of your fuel? In this episode, I’ll be talking about this thing called ASTND975, or the standard specification for diesel fuel oil. There’s a common myth associated with D975, and you will get a chance to understand what that myth is and why you need to be careful to not fall into the trap that many people fall into in this area. You can find show notes and more at:
Today we are continuing our exploration of fuel testing, focusing specifically on water and sediment analysis. Annual fuel testing is crucial to ensure your fuel meets the required specifications for safe usage. In this episode, I'll share the implications of failing water and sediment tests and the common causes behind such failures. You can find show notes and more at:    
029 - Flash Point

029 - Flash Point


Whether you're a fuel professional or just curious about the intricacies of fuel specifications, this episode will explain everything you need to know about this topic, specifically focusing on flash point. We unravel the mysteries of annual fuel testing and explore which tests are essential for different situations. You can find show notes and more at:      
Electric vehicles offer numerous benefits over traditional gas-powered cars and trucks, including lower maintenance and fuel costs. Imagine never having to pay for gas again, as electric vehicles eliminate the need for frequent refueling. This transformative shift in the automotive industry is becoming increasingly evident, with the year 2023 potentially marking a pivotal tipping point. On April 12, the EPA introduced new mobile source regulations, primarily targeting tailpipe emissions in various vehicle classes. These stringent rules are expected to have a profoundly positive impact on the environment and human health. In this episode, we will break down this new proposal and the significant changes that will be required, prompting a transition away from diesel vehicles and towards zero-emission electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. You can find show notes and more at:  
Welcome to part 2 of our series on solving microbe problems. In this episode, we delve into the crucial steps that follow water clean up in your tank, as discussed in part 1. The focus now shifts to effectively eliminating as much biomass and biofilm as possible. Understanding the significance of these terms becomes paramount, as biofilm harbors its own diverse microbial community that can contribute to tank corrosion. You can find show notes and more at:     
Fuel is the lifeblood of many industries, but with great power comes great responsibility. Unfortunately, keeping microbial contamination at bay is one of the biggest challenges that businesses and professionals in the fuel industry face today. Due to changes in fuel composition over the years, it has become easier than ever for microbial contamination to develop in storage tanks. And when that happens, the consequences can be dire. You can find show notes and more at:         
In this episode, we're continuing our discussion on oxygenates and their important role in fuel. With concerns about air quality in the United States, the federal government began implementing requirements to reduce emissions and clean up the air. One of the solutions that gained traction was adding oxygenates to gasoline, which increases the oxygen content of the fuel and results in cleaner burning and fewer emissions. Listen in to learn about the issues that ultimately led to the discontinuation of one of the most popular oxygenates, MTBE, and the important role of oxygenates in fuel and their impact on the environment. You can find show notes and more at:        
As environmental concerns continued to grow just a few decades ago, the impact of fuel on air quality was a topic that gained increasing attention. Introducing oxygenates like ethanol and MTBE has improved combustion efficiency and reduced emissions. However, this shift was not without its challenges. So, in this episode, we uncover the secrets behind the changing landscape of fuels, the impact on the air we breathe, and how oxygenates became such an essential tool in this shift. You can find show notes and more at:      
Today we’re exploring the fascinating world of microbial testing in fuel and how it has evolved to become more accurate. In our previous discussion, we talked about the importance of microbial testing and the options available for testing fuel on-site, as opposed to sending it to a lab, which can result in inaccurate results. We also highlighted the significance of knowing the appropriate testing method to confirm the exact problem you have. You can find show notes and more at:         
In this episode, we will delve into the world of fuel contamination and explore the testing options available for detecting and preventing microbial growth. We'll discuss the reasons for the increase in microbial problems in recent years, the importance of testing your fuel sample quickly and thoroughly, and the various types of microbial tests available. We'll also provide tips for taking larger fuel samples and using biocides to combat microbial issues. Whether you have fuel in storage or simply want to learn more about this growing problem, this episode is a must-listen for anyone concerned about fuel contamination. You can find show notes and more at:        
021 - Fuel Tests (Part 2)

021 - Fuel Tests (Part 2)


Are you ready to dive into the remainder of the top 10 fuel tests to consider for maintaining the health of stored fuel? Then don't miss part two of my guide to fuel care. Today I’ll discuss why fuel testing is often overlooked, as well as how to ensure your fuel is always in good condition when you need to use it.  You can find show notes and more at:       
020 - Fuel Tests (Part 1)

020 - Fuel Tests (Part 1)


We know that maintaining stored fuel health is essential to ensure that it is still in good condition and safe to use. Taking care of stored fuel properly requires a combination of three elements: chemical, mechanical, and testing. However, many people don’t have the right equipment or don’t know where to begin with this testing. So, in this episode, I will be sharing the top 10 fuel tests that you should consider if your goal is maintaining the health of any stored fuel that might be under your care or responsibility. You can find show notes and more at:        
Previously, we spoke about microbial problems in fuel and why they happen so much more often these days. We also touched on what will actually solve microbial problems and what will not. In this episode, we are continuing our conversation about biocides. Specifically, we will be diving into why biocides are so heavily regulated, what it takes for a biocide to become registered and how to decide which biocide to purchase. You can find show notes and more at:  
There is plenty of stored fuel across the country. This includes gas stations, fire stations, police stations, and even some lesser-known buildings such as nursing home facilities and hospitals. All of this stored fuel has to be taken care of and so, I am going to be talking about a specific aspect of taking care of that fuel. In this episode, we will dive into the topic of biocides, what you should use to solve microbial issues in stored fuel, and how to ensure you’re using the right product to take care of your fuel. You can find show notes and more at: 
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will make a historic down payment on deficit reduction to combat inflation, invest in domestic energy production and manufacturing, and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 40% by 2030. Although this sounds significant, it may seem like this will have a limited impact on your life. However, this is not true. So in this episode, I am going to be talking about the August 2022 passing of the IRA and how this will have lasting effects on how we as a company can implement meaningful environmental policy in the future. You can find show notes and more at:
It is critical to ensure that your tanks are in compliance with government regulations, but this can often be easier said than done. Today we’re continuing the conversation on testing and compliance with C.J. Schultz from Tanknology, the world’s largest provider of tank testing and environment compliance services for petroleum systems. We’re diving further into government compliance and tanks and discussing some of the biggest differences found in the regulations from state to state. You can find show notes and more at:
A large portion of tank storage sites have minor deficiencies. Sometimes it is something as small as a liquid in the spill bucket, while other times the deficiencies are more serious. This is why it's essential to have your tanks tested and ensure they are in compliance with government regulations. Joining the show to share more on this topic today is C.J. Schultz from Tanknology, the world's largest provider of tank testing and environmental compliance services for petroleum systems. You can find show notes and more at:
As we approach the colder months, it’s important to ensure our fuel supplies are healthy and usable throughout the winter. Normal diesel and cold weather do not mix, and in order to protect your fuel supplies, it is essential to use cold flow anti-gel diesel. So, how do you know if you need this for your diesel? And what should you be looking for to determine when and how to use this anti-gel? In this episode, I will be explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments, how to use them, and when you will need to start using them. You can find show notes and more at:
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