Can Fuel Storage Tanks Be Environmentally Friendly?

When most people think of fuel storage tanks, the ancient tanks used in the 50s and 60s is what first comes to mind. Those were designed well before the days of environmental consciousness, and as a result had a rather poor interaction with the environment. A lot of people are surprised to learn that today’s fuel transport options are a lot more effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly than the image in their mind.

Reinforced And Leak Proof

The biggest issue with old designs was leakage. It was quite tough to get an appropriate seal for the short term, and in the longer term over the life of the tank it was virtually guaranteed that there would be decay. To this day, tanks in older homes remain an issue – if one is suspected or discovered in the process of renovation, special care must be taken to ensure that it is removed without spilling any of the contents.

Today’s units couldn’t be more different. Thanks to advanced design elements and modern metallurgy and metalworking technology, there is virtually no issue with leakage. Everything is secured and designed for the long term, even if it’s only meant to be a temporary solution. Because these are over-engineered, the ground around them is substantially protected, almost ensuring no contamination is possible. Some models are even safe enough that they could withstand falls and other accidents without issue.

Carefully Designed Dispenser Mechanisms

Another major source of contamination is the actual dispenser (or dispenser mechanism) responsible for letting the liquid out of its tank. Over time, these taps could commonly become loose or rusted, and eventually start leaking out into the surroundings. Modern designs have several ways of protecting against this. First, the taps are usually covered. This helps prevent exposure to the elements, which causes the corrosion that is so damaging in the first place. This simple choice saves a lot of hassle.

In addition, new schematics offer hookup methods that prevent and in most cases completely eliminate any drips. The entire fitting and hose apparatus is usually kept within a separate compartment, completely insulated from the outside and covered with a lid. Inside this apparatus is everything related to the actual handling of the liquid. Spill prevention is simple: if there is an issue, any spilled material simply drips down into a secondary safe containment vessel. There is no risk of environmental contamination at all.

Green Is The Future

Fuel storage tanks are leading the way in new environmentally friendly and highly efficient technology. Industries across the spectrum of production are realizing that caring for the earth is necessary, and that innovative designs are the way to accomplish that goal.