First E25 dispensers UL certified

By | April 15, 2010
Two fueling equipment companies, Dresser Wayne and Gilbarco Veeder-Root, received Underwriters Laboratory certification for E25 fuel dispensers in mid-March. UL confirmed that the dispensers are the first to be certified by UL for anything above E10. The hanging hardwarethe nozzle, hose, swivel and breakawaymust go through a different UL certification path, said John Drengenberg, a UL consumer safety director.

The Renewable Fuels Association acknowledged that the fuel dispenser certification was a boost while maintaining that what the industry really needs is a UL certified dispenser for E85. "While this move by UL is helpful, certification of a dispenser for up to 85 percent ethanol is critical to expanding both the infrastructure for and the use of high level ethanol blends," said Robert White, RFA's director of development.

Due to concerns about corrosion, UL is holding off certification of any fuel dispensing equipment for E85 until the dispenser and hanging hardware are certified together. "We need everything in the system before we can put our mark on it." Drengenberg said. Many components for a complete E85 dispenser have already been submitted for testing. However, in mid-March, there were still some missing links in the hanging hardware components. Because of confidentiality agreements with the various manufacturers, UL can't reveal the specifics about what components have been submitted for testing. "That's like telling Hoover what Eureka is doing with their vacuum cleaners," he said.