Kohler HVO Fuel Capabilities Provide a Major Breakthrough on the Journey to Zero Carbon

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) now powering Kohler mission-critical generators and delivering significant carbon savings
Jul 11, 2022 4:15 PM ET

Kohler Power Systems has announced that its entire mission-critical generator range is compatible with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) - marking a significant breakthrough in the usage of alternative fuels in backup power. No adaptations to the installed generators will be required, allowing for the immediate rollout of renewable fuel to all customers seeking to reduce their carbon footprint.

“At Kohler, we have already made great strides in making our generators inherently more efficient, reducing emissions regardless of the fuel used,” says James Zhang, President, Kohler Power Systems. “Now, with HVO100, we have taken a massive leap forward in our sustainability journey. Even battery storage and hydrogen fuel cells cannot match the reduced carbon footprint that generators running on HVO100 offer.”

This next-generation renewable fuel has all the advantages of a renewable fuel source, with none of the disadvantages of first-generation biodiesels. While first-generation solutions had a limited storage life of just six months, HVO100 is highly stable, with no sensitivity to oxidation, so it can be stored long-term. It is also 90% carbon neutral and sourced entirely from waste products - making it part of a circular economy.

The similarity in HVO100 and fossil diesel characteristics further smooths the shift to biofuel since the two fuels can be mixed directly in the tank without issue. Therefore, it can be used immediately as the sole fuel supply for all Kohler generators, whether they are new or already installed.

“Customers can continue to rely on Kohler generators for their backup power, but now with the added benefits of sustainability, a massively reduced carbon footprint, and no compromise on performance,” Zhang adds.

About Kohler Power

A global force in power solutions since 1920, Kohler manufactures engines and complete power systems, including generators (portable, marine, residential, commercial and industrial), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications all around the world. The business is committed to reliable, leading edge power-generation products, clean energy solutions, as well as comprehensive after-sale support. For more details, please visit kohlerpower.com

About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 40,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; luxury cabinetry, tile and lighting; engines, generators, and clean energy solutions; and owner/operator of two, five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland. Kohler’s Whistling Straits golf course recently hosted the 43rd Ryder Cup. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more details, please visit kohlercompany.com