“As MTBE disappeared, ethanol again gained favor, a result that continues today.”
In the late 80s, air quality regulators, especially in
California, were looking for new ways to deal with air
pollution from vehicle exhaust. Catalytic converters to
treat exhaust had become widespread, but air pollu-
of ‘Green Fuels’
The Pipe System for Marinas
tion was still severe in many areas. Regulators began
to look at alternative fuels as the only way to further
reduce tailpipe emissions. The darling of regulators
at the time was methanol—especially M85, a fuel
blend of 85 percent methanol and 15 percent gasoline.
M85 could have had a dramatic impact on emissions,
but it had other issues. The fuel could not be used in
existing vehicles, it had compatibility issues with the
existing distribution and storage infrastructure, and
manufacturing facilities did not exist on a wide scale.
Another option was methyl tertiary-butyl ether
(MTBE). Petroleum refiners had been using
MTBE in the 1980s to boost gasoline octane as lead
was phased out. Testing at that time also revealed
that MTBE could serve to reduce emissions. The
petroleum industry argued that because MTBE could
be burned in any vehicle and was compatible with
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No pipe system does it better than FLEXWELL-HL when it comes to marina fuel
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*Compliant with the proposed RP1000 Recommended Practices.
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