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Gasoline/Ethanol Blend Fuel Dispensing

History - Part 3 

In 1826 Samuel Morey experimented with an internal combustion chemical mixture that used ethanol as fuel. His discovery was overlooked due to the success of steam power and received little attention until 1860. A popular fuel in the U.S. before petroleum was a blend of alcohol and turpentine called "camphene", also known as "burning fluid". The discovery of a ready supply of oil in Pennsylvania and taxation of burning fluid made kerosene a more popular fuel.

In 1896, Henry Ford designed his first car, the "Quadricycle" to run on pure ethanol. In 1908 the Ford Model T was capable of running on gasoline, ethanol or a combination. Ford continued to advocate for ethanol fuel even during prohibition, but lower prices caused gasoline to prevail. 

Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol began a decades-long growth in the United States in the late 1970s.  The steep growth in 21st century ethanol consumption was driven by federal legislation aimed to reduce oil consumption and enhance energy security. 


Ethanol Fuel in the United States From Wikipedia 

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Gasoline/Ethanol Blend Fuel Dispensing

Part 2

History of Ethanol Fuel in the United States

The United States became the world’s largest producer of ethanol fuel in 2005. In the U.S. ethanol fuel is mainly used as an oxygenate in gasoline in the form of low-level blends up to 10%, and to an increasing extent, as E85 fuel for flex-fuel vehicles.

By 2011 most cars on U.S. roads could run on blends of up to 10% ethanol (E10), and manufacturers had begun producing vehicles designed for much higher percentages. Flexible-fuel cars, trucks, and minivans use gasoline/ethanol blends ranging from pure gasoline up to 85% ethanol (E85). By 2013 there were around 11 million E85-capable vehicles on the road. 

In January 2011 the EPA granted a waiver to allow up to 15% of ethanol blended with gasoline (E15) to  be sold only for cars and light pick-up truck with model years of 2001 or later. The waiver authorizes,  but does not require stations to offer E15. 

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 required 36 billion U.S. gallons of renewable fuel use by 2022. The target for ethanol production for cellulosic feedstocks was 16 billion US gallons a year. The corn ethanol target was 15 billion US gallons by 2015.



Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fuel_in_the_United_States


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Gasoline/Ethanol Blend Fuel Dispensing

Gasoline/Ethanol Blend Fuel Dispensing 

Why the new UL standards?

Part 1

With the increased usage of gasoline/ethanol blend fuels, UL began certifying (listing) dispensing equipment and components for use with gasoline/ethanol blends with a nominal ethanol concentration greater than 10% (such as E85, E25 and other blends).  

High concentration of ethanol or other alcohols within blended fuels make these fuels more corrosive than traditional gasoline and gasohol (10 percent ethanol or E10). This could result in the fuel chemically degrading the materials used in fuel-dispenser components, which could ultimately affect the dispenser’s ability to contain the fuel. 

In Part 2 we will discuss the  history of gasoline/ethanol blends. 


*These excerpts were taken from the UL Gasoline/Ethanol Blend Fuel Dispensing 

Copyright © material from Issue 2, 2012, The Code Authority newsletter. This material may not reflect changes that have occurred since its original publication


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Are you prepared for storm season?

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hurricane_Symbol.gif May 24th - 30th is 2015 National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  This along with the government's Resolve To Be Ready Campaign, #Ready2015, encourages us to prepare for severe weather and natural disasters, particularly in the mid-west, and states bordering the gulf and east coasts.   With the official start of hurricane season quickly approaching on June 1st and lasting all the way through November 30th, now is the time to take inventory of your disaster plan and provisions. How quickly you can recover from a disaster depends on how well you have planned and prepared for one.

Fill-Rite makes DC pumps, hand pumps and meters that are most effective for recovery in the critical days following a disaster. Our Product Spotlight is the Fill-Rite 12 Volt DC Pump - FR1210G. This industry standard DC pump dispenses up to 15 GPM (57 LPM). The FR1210G is ideal for pumping gas, diesel fuel and kerosene. With an amp draw that's easy on your DC power source. Explosion-proof UL/cUL listed HP motor. The FR1210G comes complete with 12 foot static wire hose and manual nozzle. 

Please contact our helpful Sales Representatives at 800-877-9826 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions or assistance with any of your fueling equipment needs. 

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Service Station Hardware Franklin Fueling Systems Defender Series Overfill Prevention Valve

The Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo will be held May 6th-8th in Ft. Worth, Texas. White Tucker Company and 330 other companies will be exhibiting the latest & greatest  products and services on the market. We are very pleased to be featuring Franklin Fueling System's new Defender Series™ Overfill Prevention Valve. This revolutionary product gives you a simple, single solution for all fuel types, all applications, and makes elaborate installation and testing procedures a thing of the past. To learn about the new best defense in overfill prevention along with other innovative products and services, join us at the expo booth #630. Stop by and let us scan your badge for a chance to win a Tundra 50 YETI cooler. For more show information including free registration, click here: http://www.sw-expo.com/index.html


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What is EMV? How does it work?

EMV technology is transforming the U.S. payment industry, bringing a whole new experience to checkout counters. EMV cards are stepping in as a more secure way to pay. These cards are equipped with a “smart chip” which is capable of much more sophisticated authentication than magnetic stripe cards. Essentially, there is a fully operating computer system embedded in every EMV card. The chip is tamper-proof, making the card nearly impossible to clone.

What is EMV? EMV is a security framework that defines the payment interaction at the physical, electrical, date and application levels between chip cards and payment devices. These interactions are often referred to EMV level 1 and 2 requirements. EMVCo was created by the payment networks to be a neutral party in making this standard framework. 

How does it work? Smart cards are embedded with a chip that is encrypted with data. EMV enabled devices have the ability to read data stored on a chip within the card. During the transaction authorization process, strong cryptographic functions are used to validate the authenticity of the card holder. Best of all when a customer pays using and EMV enabled device, the device is instantly identified as an authentic, approved payment instrument through a process called dynamic authentication. When used with a PIN, the chip proves the customer is paying with their own card. 

Let Verifone Be Your Guide Verifone, the leader in integrating EMV into payment solutions worldwide, is the perfect partner during this transition. We have years of experience helping thousands convert to EMV with hardware, software and managed services





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