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Where would Christmas be without IPU?

Everyone at IPU hopes that Santa brings you all the presents you want on Christmas morning. We know he’ll be out on his sleigh through the wee, small hours delivering presents all around the world. If it hadn’t been for IPU, it might have been very different… Shoddy maintenance by his elves (always downing tools and moaning about elf & safety – sorry), meant that his facilities at the North Pole were falling apart. This is when IPU stepped in: Andy Whitehouse’s Fuel…

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IPU to Exhibit at Marintec China – 1-4 December 2015

IPU is set to exhibit at one the largest marine industry trade fairs in Asia, Marintec China 2015. Members of IPU’s Engine Starting division will be in Shanghai to showcase our comprehensive range of spring, hydraulic and air start motors. IPU engine start systems provide independent or black-start capability for vessel emergency generators and on board fire pumps. They are robust, reliable and are unaffected by extreme temperatures, making them ideal for marine environments. Spring Starters…

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International Workboat Show

IPU to Exhibit at International Workboat Show – 1-3 December 2015

IPU are once again exhibiting at the largest marine industry trade event in North America, the International Workboat Show. The team from IPU UK and IPU USA will be in New Orleans to showcase our comprehensive range of spring, hydraulic and air start motors. IPU engine start systems provide independent or black-start capability for vessel emergency generators and on board fire pumps. They are robust, reliable and are unaffected by extreme temperatures, making them ideal for marine environments.…

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ice breaker engine starting in cold temperatures

Reliable engine starting even in cold temperatures

It’s a well-known fact that electric starter motors can struggle when the temperature drops below zero. So how can you make sure your critical systems start in freezing temperatures? IPU doesn’t have one solution – we have three: hydraulic, air and spring starters. Engine starting in cold temperatures can be challenging. Cranking an engine is hard work and takes a significant amount of energy. The job is made even harder during cold weather as low temperatures thicken the viscosity of the…

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IPU Diesel Defence

IPU launches the new Diesel Defence fuel polishing system

Why do we need fuel polishing? Since 2011, the diesel we buy has been a blend of petrochemical and biodiesel. It is now widely accepted that diesel will only remain in a useable condition for 6 to 12 months. To get the most out of your fuel IPU has launched the Diesel Defence DD50 and DD100 fuel polishing system. Diesel Defence provides long-term protection for your fuel by eradicating contaminants before they reach the day tank or generator. It will remove: • Microbial growth (a.k.a. the…

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UK National Grid Warns of Power Shortages

UK National Grid warns risk of blackouts is on the rise

In October 2014 we reported that the UK’s spinning reserve was down to just 4%, lowest in nearly a decade. Unfortunately this situation does not appear to be improving as the National Grid announced in July that spare capacity is set to drop to just 1.2%. For organisations that rely on consistent power for critical systems, this is bad news. To meet tough European emission targets a number of UK coal fired power stations have been forced to close. It is this action that has caused the…

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Watchdog investigates the cause of Hyundai ix35’s to break down

Hyundai owners in parts of Scotland have received a stark introduction to the risks associated with modern biodiesel according to BBC’s Watchdog. The consumer affairs programme launched an investigation after receiving reports that a number of diesel Hyundai ix35’s had lost power in colder weather. The cause? Dirty diesel. The BBC investigation discovered that some ix35 engines were breaking down after the fuel filters became blocked with wax. Unfortunately for those affected, diesel is…

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Fuel Conditioning Handbook 2015

Fuel Conditioning Handbook – your guide to fuel conditioning

Many of you know that if you store diesel for longer than 6-12 months it will require conditioning. But what does that mean? And why do you need clean fuel? The IPU Fuel Conditioning Handbook contains all the answers you need and you can download it for free. The pocket sized guide covers everything you need to know about maintaining the quality of your fuel and the reliability of the equipment it serves, including: Relevant legislation What is clean, dry fuel and why does it matter? What’s…

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The challenges of ATEX self certification

Self-regulation is a process with a poor reputation. Just ask Fifa. The result is that people are reluctant to trust self-policing organisations. Where platform safety is concerned complete trust is essential. But what level of confidence can be attached to a certificate issued by the same company that manufactured the product. Is ATEX self-certification acceptable or a disaster waiting to happen? ATEX is the standard that governs safety in potentially explosive working environments (including…

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Percentage of FAME to increase

France increases FAME percentage in diesel to 8%

We’ve often speculated that the percentage of biodiesel added to petrochemical diesel would rise from the current level of 7%, but it seems that France has made the first move. Since 2011 international markets have mixed a portion of biodiesel with petrochemical disesel to improve the environmental impact of using the fuel. Although there are many types of biodiesels available, Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) is the most common type used across the world. In January the French…

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