Diesel Tanks: Voltages
Modern Diesel Tanks are available in a wide range of voltages, ensuring that wherever and whatever the application, there’s almost certainly a tank to suit. Whichever tank you choose, you can be confident that not only has it been engineered to exceed the most demanding fuel storage requirements, the fuel delivery system fitted to it has also been engineered, to comply with or exceed all prevailing and expected electrical safety requirements too.
230v AC Fuel Delivery Systems
Diesel Tanks with 230v AC fuel delivery systems are designed for connection to a standard British or Irish, single phase electrical supply. Sometimes referred to as ‘220v - 240v’ or ‘240v’ models, they must be connected by a competent and qualified electrician.
The connection should incorporate a Residual Current Device (RCD) or similar protection, to reduce the risk of electric shock. An RCD device monitors the electrical supply and in the event a fault is found, the supply of electricity is rapidly discontinued, without user intervention. Diesel Tanks equipped with a 230v AC fuel delivery system are the single most popular tank type sold in the UK and Republic of Ireland today.
110v AC Delivery Systems
Whilst some countries utilise a 110v AC supply as standard, in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, a 110v AC electrical supply is typically confined to construction sites and other specialised environments. The Health & Safety Executive in Great Britain recommends a 110v AC supply in construction environments, due to their ‘wet, dirty and dusty nature’ and ‘the possibility of mechanical damage to cables and tools’. It’s recommended that 110v products are connected to a 110v CTE centre tapped to an earth supply. This effectively creates a dual phase supply, so the maximum voltage to earth will not exceed 55v. Click here to view our range of 110v Diesel Tanks.
24v DC Delivery Systems
24v DC Diesel Tanks are designed for connection to a low voltage electricity supply, found on some vehicles and agricultural equipment. The tank will be supplied with either connecting terminals or crocodile clips, which when connected to a 24v battery will provide power to the tank’s fuel transfer pump. Diesel Tanks equipped with 24v DC pumps are ideal for installations where neither a regular 230v AC or 110v AC supply is available.
12v DC Systems
Like 24v DC tanks, 12v DC Diesel Tanks are also designed for connection to a low voltage electricity supply, found on some vehicles and agricultural equipment. The tank will again be supplied with either connecting terminals or crocodile clips. When these are connected to a 12v battery, power will be provided to the tank’s fuel transfer pump. Diesel Tanks equipped with 12v DC pumps are ideal for installations where neither a regular 230v AC or 110v AC supply is available and are especially popular on Portable Diesel Storage and Dispensing Tanks.
Hand Pump Systems
Whilst the origin of the humble Diesel hand pump can be traced back decades, they remain as relevant as ever. Diesel Tanks equipped with hand pumps are perfect for installations where a regular and reliable electricity supply is not available and for use with smaller capacity tanks, such as Carbery's Diesel Caddy.
And the ideal choice is...
If you're hoping to find a recommendation as to the optimum voltage, unfortunately we're going to disappoint. However, determining which power option to choose is generally as simple as determining which type of power supply can be accessed most readily. At most Diesel Tank installations in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man today, that supply will be a standard, single phase, 230v AC mains supply. However, for construction sites, a 110v AC supply will often be preferable, whilst at many rural and isolated installations, a 12v or 24v supply will be preferred.
If you’ve any queries or questions over the ideal voltage for a Diesel Storage and Dispensing Tank, you’re very welcome to contact us. You can call our Customer Support Team on 01789 632 151 in the UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man, 01 5268 642 in the Republic of Ireland, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re open weekdays from 9am to 5pm - excluding Bank and Public Holidays, and we look forward to taking your call.