DOT certifies autogas vehicle filtration system

May 22, 2015 By    

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved BlueMoon Filtration’s FST 634 and FST 124 systems for certification in April.

Although propane is often described as a “clean fuel,” BlueMoon Filtration reports that sometimes contaminants enter the fuel due to poor maintenance practices. Propane picks up those contaminants in mixes with the fuel each time the tank is filled.

Gary Hank, a representative for BlueMoon Filtration, says the FST 634 and FST 124 can be put on propane-fueled vehicles or autogas dispensers to keep the fuel clean. He says it takes any particulate contaminant in the fuel down to less than five microns.

“The filtration systems reduce the cost of vehicle or dispenser maintenance,” says Gary Hank, representative for BlueMoon Filtration. “You don’t have contaminants going in and coming out of the exhaust if it has this filtration system.”

Both systems can be used on any vehicle or dispenser, but Hank says he targets the autogas, liquefied natural gas and hydrogen markets with the system, as it’s cost-efficient for them. He says AmeriGas, Ferrellgas and Bergquist Inc. have used the FST 634 or FST 124 on their dispensers or fleets.

While the FST 634 and FST 124 systems have been around for about seven years, Hank says the DOT certification was an added assurance to customers that the system meets national standards.

“We at BlueMoon know our product is efficient, but the customer might not,” Hank explains. “The customer has no idea whether it will function. So the certification is good for us because it can give our customers assurance and safety precautions they need when incorporating the system on their vehicles.”

Prior to certification in April, both systems underwent DOT testing for about six months. In the future, Hank says he hopes more of BlueMoon Filtration’s systems can be sent for DOT certification, but he says that will be a lengthy process.

“You can’t send all your products to the DOT at once to approve,” he says. “Different products require different tests. And we do this to create customer assurance that they don’t need to worry about our products.”

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