HVO Diesel – An alternative fuel for a greener future


At Baudouin, we acknowledge the significance of adopting alternative fuels for a more environmentally friendly future. The majority of our diesel M-series engines are compatible with HVO.

HVO diesel and Baudouin engines are a match made in the R&D department of Moteurs Baudouin.

The use of HVO fuel in our various engines ensures reliable performance while complying with standards and regulations to minimise environmental impact, while producing high quality results and helping our customers to join a sustainable revolution.

At Baudouin, we recognise the importance of alternative fuels for a greener future. Most of our M Series engines are compatible with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

By choosing HVO as a fuel option, you can experience benefits such as:

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Meeting Rigorous Emissions Standards

In order to guarantee optimal performance compatibility with HVO, we have subjected our engines to comprehensive testing within our factory. Our steadfast commitment to testing ensures that our engines seamlessly integrate with HVO, all the while upholding peak performance and reliability.

CO2 reduction with HVO Diesel

Lower CO2 Emissions

Due to the HVO production process, the use of HVO has the potential to reduce the CO2 carbon footprint by up to 90% over the entire production cycle, according to REDII calculations. This is a sustainable solution that actively contributes to efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Baudouin Engines: A Sustainable Force Across Diverse Applications

HVO compatibility with Baudouin engines reverberates across various sectors, reinforcing sustainability in each application.

The compatibility of HVO fuel with Baudouin engines is a step forward to achieving sustainability goals for various industries in diverse critical applications.

HVO Diesel used in Agriculture

Nurturing Sustainability on Farms

HVO-compatible with Baudouin engines offer a sustainable solution for the agricultural sector. These engines power irrigation systems and machinery, reducing NOx and CO2 emissions and improving air quality. The longer engine life ensures that farming equipment remains efficient and reliable for many years, contributing to sustainable farming practices.

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Power Generation:
Reliability Meets Environmental Responsibility

Baudouin engines, known for its reliability, now exemplify environmental responsibility with HVO compatibility. Power plants, even in remote areas, can use HVO as a renewable diesel source. This helps reduce their carbon footprint while maintaining a reliable energy supply. By choosing HVO Diesel, power generation facilities can actively contribute to sustainability targets.

Data Centers:
Sustaining the Digital Age

As data centers become increasingly vital, the demand for reliable power sources soars. HVO-compatible Baudouin engines emerge as ideal choices for data center applications. They offer energy efficiency, emissions reduction, and unwavering reliability, ensuring data centers remain operational during grid outages while actively contributing to sustainability targets.


*It’s important to note that HVO may result in slightly higher fuel consumption compared to conventional diesel, primarily due to its expected lower power density. Therefore, analysing the fuel composition before evaluating engine performance is advisable.

Sustainable solution across industries

In the past few years, the world has witnessed a significant increase in the awareness of HVO fuel.

Although the automotive market was one of the initial main markets as a replacement of diesel fuel for fleets, thanks to its strong sustainability credentials and seamless integration, it moved quickly to other applications in which a diesel engine was involved such as generators for the Data Centres industry. Industry patron realised a key route to decarbonisation for industries, construction sites with Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM). The fully biodegradable fuel is a direct replacement for diesel due to its compatibility properties with all diesel engines leading to cutting approximately 90% of lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) instantly.

HVO’s Role in Carbon Reduction

The manufacturing and power generation industries are heavily under high pressure to eliminate carbon emissions and reduce NOx. It demands technically viable and economic approaches to utilize alternatives to Diesel fuel. HVO can be used as a sustainable fuel and its widespread adoption is thus emerging as a critical trend for Industrial growth with a strong focus on sustainable alternatives for Diesel. For instance, to fight the climate crisis the European Commission drafted stringent laws which will help in reducing CO2 emissions and zero pollution objectives while lowering demand for fossil fuels. Additionally, the European Union (EU) wishes to incentivize the use of renewable and low-carbon fuels on ships to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, CH4 and N2O).

HVO Embraced by Engine Manufacturers

With that now in the picture, a large volume of engine manufacturers inclining towards the use of HVO across an increasing number of their engine ranges. Most of them are heavily investing in the R&D and many engine manufacturers are opening this to engines on installed generator sets and undertaking necessary checks before HVO’s used. For example, AltAir’s refinery generates a large quantity of HVO diesel for the Automotive Industry. Such initiatives by refineries for the utilization of HVO in Industrial machinery are encouraging engine manufacturers to introduce more HVO-compatible engines in the market.

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) Market Breakdown by Application:

  • Generator
  • Industrial Power System
  • Vehicle
  • Other Industrial applications

What does the term renewable HVO diesel refer to?

Hydrotreated vegetable oils are even known as renewable diesel or HEFA i.e. hydro processed esters and fatty acids. It is produced through hydro processing of fats and oils. Hydro processing is a process of esterification which is used to produce diesel from vegetal feedstock. The obtained fuel has good storage stability, similar cold flow properties to diesel and reduced NOx emission making HVO suitable for most of diesel engines. HVO is free of aromatics, oxygen and sulphur and has high cetane numbers.

Another key point is that the HVO production can be done from a wide variety of raw materials easily available containing fatty acids and triglycerides. HVO is flexible in its feedstock requirements allowing the use of a wide range of low-quality waste oil during its production. The key supplement feedstock needed is hydrogen which primarily comes from fossil sources.

Difference between diesel and HVO fuel?

Diesel is a non-renewable fossil fuel and continuous usage of this fuel in industrial and commercial applications is adding to the carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions. These are a few key factors why non-renewable fuel industrial usage is coming under a lot of scrutinise and the world is looking for some alternative fuels which are optimal and ideal for industrial applications.

As we last covered HVO in detail. We would simplify it for our readers to understand what HVO fuel is. HVO fuel is synthesized from vegetable oils, it is a type of biodiesel where hydrogen is added to the oil.

For instance, it is made from cooked waste oil , edible fats, and oily wastewater that generally is discarded. However, now these wastes are used to produce HVO fuel. The waste has to be certified before the HVO is produced.These are a few reasons why it becomes an ideal fuel to attain sustainable objectives and greener solutions as an alternative to Diesel fuel for various Diesel engines.

What are the benefits you can experience with Fuel HVO?

While it’s adoption in the Diesel Generator industry is significantly increasing as the demand for renewable fuels and the expanding production capacity of HVO is driving its demand in multiple industries.

HVO fuel also popularly known as renewable diesel is clean fuel that reduces the CO2 emissions drastically and on the other hand can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90%. HVO fuel delivers high efficiency benefits when used in diesel generators for critical application.

Replacing Diesel with HVO fuel is a vital step in the right direction as well Generator or Industrial Power industry could help reduce dramatically the carbon footprint and deliver more benefits to achieve environmental sustainability.

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