First trials of HVO renewable fuels in a property and tractor

Mitchell & Webber are proud to be the first in country to trial a new fossil-free liquid fuel (HVO) in a property and Tractor

This could revolutionise the agriculture and domestic heating markets. The fossil-free renewable fuel, called Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), is produced from certified waste fats and oils. Unlike previous biofuels, HVO is manufactured by a synthesised process with hydrogen to create a greener, renewable fuel.

Home Heating HVO Renewable Fuel Trial

In the domestic heating market, the first property in the country to run on the renewable HVO fuel is a bungalow in Scorrier, Redruth,

We are pleased to report that we started the first Trial of this Fossil free Fuel “ HVO” in a bungalow at Scorrier, Redruth at the end of November, the property previously relied on oil for heating. In order to switch the property to the new HVO supply, Mitchell & Webber installed a nozzle change and pump pressure adjustment to the oil tank and boiler. We are delighted with how the trial is progressing so far. There were no snags during the installation switch and everything’s looking extremely promising! The boiler is working just as it should be and is keeping the property toasty and warm in these winter months!

This is the first property in the country to run on this renewable, sustainable, fuel made from certified waste fats and vegetable oils. The waste has been verified by ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) prior to manufacture with a synthesised process of Hydrogen to produce a quality fuel with no sulphurs, metals or aromatics.

Robert Weedon, Managing Director of Mitchell & Webber, said, “We’re so excited that Cornwall is leading the way in these national trials! This is a huge and much-needed step in the right direction for lowering carbon emissions across the country.”

HVO Heating Trial



Tractor HVO Renewable Fuel Trial

Trials have also started in the agricultural sector, working with David Simmonds from Riviera Produce Limited and Jonathan Stephens from Truro Tractors, we filled David`s New Holland Tractor with Fossil free HVO.

The Tractor has been Dynamometer tested with the new fuel and the results are extremely good – there has been a massive 25% reduction in AdBlue consumption so far! This is a direct result of a much cleaner burn of the fuel with lower emissions, hence less AdBlue required. We’re excited to see how the rest of the trial goes but the tractor will actually continue to run on HVO indefinitely from now on.



HVO fuel trials in tractor

More on HVO

HVO, which has been officially certified as a sustainable fuel by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), has previously been used and tested in diesel engines, offering net greenhouse gas CO2reductions of up to 90% in such engines. It is also a non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.

If the trial continues to be a success, Mitchell & Webber will be calling upon the UK government to support a widespread public transition to this fossil-free fuel, with Mr Weedon stating that householders could “convert with little expenditure or capital costs.”

“We are aware that there are around 38,000 homes running on oil in Cornwall alone, however many will be unable to convert to electric heating – not only due to the insulation characteristics but simply the expense. Where it can be installed, an ASHP costs around £10,900 with thousands of pounds also then needed to be spent on insulation for it to work. Converting to this fossil-free fuel only requires minor adjustments to the boiler making it an affordable and environmentally-friendly solution,” added Mr Weedon.

“We hope the Government will embrace this fossil-free fuel to aid the country’s carbon reductions.”

We are now the leading supplier in the South West of HVO for road and off road vehicles, find out more HERE

News Archive