Unique fire and explosion hazards in the emerging alternative fuels industry have led Spectrex Inc. to develop specific product models, as part of its explosion-proof SharpEye 40/40 series Optical Flame Detectors to protect bio-fuels facilities.

Spectrex is widely regarded as the world’s leader in the development of optical flame and gas detection and suppression systems. The new SharpEye 40/40 series flame detectors provide the most comprehensive protection against hydrocarbon–based and water vapours combustion products types of fuel and gas fires.

Of the new series, several models feature enhanced sensitivity to ethanol and other alcohol derivates that serve as bio-fuels.

The 40/40 Series includes a comprehensive range of IR, UV, UV/IR, IR3 and Multi-spectral flame detectors that provide superior performance with high reliability and immunity to false activation.

The Bio-Fuels industry includes biodiesel (synthetic diesel) plants that produce diesel fuel from biomass, ethanol fuels produced from grains, cellulose and sugar cane, renewable diesel produced from thermo-depolymerized oils and fats, various hydrocarbons/biomass-to-liquid processes that produce alternative fuels.

All such novel processes involve highly flammable substances, that are being processed in specifically designed reactors that require fast fire detection and suppression means.

These processes can also present major explosion or fire hazards that can be mitigated by employing adequate fast fire detection and suppression means.

The preferred Bio-Fuels plants solution, Spectrex notes, to improve their safety is the use of the 40/40I Triple IR (IR3) Flame Detector and 40/40M Multi IR Flame Detector that identify these fires at long distances (135 ft/40 m) with the highest immunity to false alarms.