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1 Leak Detection and Alternative Fuels 21 st Annual National Tanks Conference Sacramento, CA Greg Bareta, PE Engineering Consultant Wisconsin Department of Commerce Bureau of Petroleum Products and Tanks

2 Presentation Objectives Alternative Fuels: Blends greater than 10% ethanol (E15, E20, E85, E95) and greater than 5% biodiesel (B20, B100) Issues with tank, pipeline, and sump leak detection for alternative fuels

3 Compatible vs. Functional Compatible: : the ability of two or more materials to exist in the same system or environment without adversely effecting the performance of the other. Functional: capable of performing an intended operation, task, use, etc.

4 Leak detection for Alternative fuels: What is Important Fuel properties related to leak detection function: Specific gravity affects tank and sensor float movement Coefficient of expansion affects tank float movement, piping periodic tests, and tightness testing Viscosity affects tank and piping leak rate

5 Properties of Fuels 1 Property Gasoline Ethanol No. 2 Diesel & B20 Biodiesel Specific gravity, 60 0 F/ 60 0 F Viscosity, mm 2 /s or F F F : Data from NBB (2007) 2: EN range

6 Leak detection for Alternative fuels: Does it work? What probably works: Interstitial Monitoring Sump Sensors: most non- discriminating and discriminating What may or may not work: Automatic Tank Gauges SIR Tank & Line Tightness Methods Line Leak Detectors

7 ATG Monitoring: Functional or not? Ethanol (> E10): Water Monitoring: The performance of the ATGS is evaluated on its ability to detect a hole in the tank by measuring the incursion of water into the product. (EPA/530/UST-90/006) Becomes an issue when product or groundwater levels fluctuate- ingress becomes an egress Add 1-gallon 1 of water to 100- gallons E85 will net an increase of only.80-gallon gallons (20% absorption) Phase separation in E85 will occur at about 15% of total volume. (1,500/10,000- gallons)

8 ATG Monitoring: Functional or not? Ethanol (> E10) water monitoring: Possible solutions: 1. Detection of top level changes- small and large scale testing "ATG/CITLDS Water Detection Testing In Ethanol or Blends Greater Than 10% Ethanol," NWGLDE addendum to Standard Test Procedures for Evaluating Leak Detection Methods: Automatic Tank Gauging Systems,, EPA/530/UST-90/006, March Issue with disposal of contaminated product 2. Development of new water detection equipment Major ATG manufacturers are already working on this, but development is slow and may continue to be until Storage of ethanol increases (market-driven) Regulatory driven 3. Require double wall systems with interstitial monitoring

9 ATG Monitoring: Functional or not? Biodiesel (B100): Specific gravity (SG) Variations in specific gravity may affect float movement and level readings SG varies based on biodiesel feed stock- can even vary from batch-to to-batch. In most situations, particularly with on-spec. biodiesel, current equipment should function correctly Leak detection manufacturers usually require sample submission for testing if biodiesel feed stock is other than soy or canola.

10 ATG Monitoring: Functional or not? Biodiesel (B100): Possible solutions: Testing and/or certification by ATG manufacturer- batch Development of SG measuring equipment Major ATG manufacturers are already working on this, but development is slow and may continue to be until Storage of biodiesel increases (market-driven) Regulatory driven Require double wall systems with interstitial monitoring

11 Ethanol (> E10): SIR: Functional or Not? Tanks: ATG or Stick? Same concern with water monitoring as with ATG system Lines: Not likely to be affected unless product viscosity was out-of of spec. at some point during analysis period Biodiesel (B100): Tanks: ATG monitoring Same concern with specific gravity affecting float movement and level readings Lines: Not likely to be affected unless product viscosity was out-of of spec. at some point during analysis period

12 Tightness Testing: Functional or Not? Ethanol (> E10): Water Monitoring Many systems use some type of water sensor; these sensors would have the same issue as ATGS with water absorption and detection. May be able to compensate for this by lowering leak detection threshold. Large variances in SG, viscosity, or expansion coefficients may also affect testing; on-spec. product should not be a problem. Biodiesel (B100): Large variances in SG, viscosity, or expansion coefficients may affect testing; on-spec. product should not be a problem.

13 Line Leak Detection: Functional or not? Ethanol (> E10): Large variances in viscosity may affect testing; on-spec. product should not be a problem dependant on existing equipments maximum liquid viscosity limit as set by the manufacturer. For 0.2 and 0.1 gph testing expansion coefficient may affect testing-most ELLD systems self compensate by extending test time Biodiesel (B100): Large variances in viscosity may affect testing; on-spec. product should not be a problem dependant on existing equipments maximum liquid viscosity limit as set by the manufacturer. For 0.2 and 0.1 gph testing expansion coefficient may affect testing-most ELLD systems self compensate by extending test time

14 The Wisconsin Experience Production: Ethanol 500M-gallons prod/yr (9 plants) Producers lobby/legislature relationship Biodiesel 58M- gallons/yr (2 plants)

15 The Wisconsin Experience Fuel systems: 13,000 USTs statewide Ethanol new or converted: 123 total tanks; 43 are converted single wall 39 - ATG monitoring (4 SIR) 29 - ELLD monitoring 14 - Flow restrictors Biodiesel new or converted: 30 total tanks 1 B100 double wall system currently in use

16 Wisconsin Experience: Tribulations E10: Fuel related problems Scouring/cleaning of system early on Older fiberglass tanks gel coat deteriorating Bare steel tanks minor corrosion

17 Wisconsin Experience: Tribulations E10:

18 Wisconsin Experience: Tribulations E20 - E85: Bare steel tanks are clean, some rust plugs/holes on bottom Fiberglass tanks some gel-coat deterioration Submersible pump casing corrosion- Vapors??

19 Wisconsin Experience: Tribulations Biodiesel: Fuel related problems Lined/unlined tanks have a congealed goop in sporadic places on tank bottom

20 Wisconsin Experience: Tribulations Biodiesel:

21 Any Questions??

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