Environmental protection and sustainable development is becoming increasingly important. In response to these challenges, biolubricants have been developed to provide a complete range of special oils that represent a lower risk to the environment if the product leaks, or is accidentally spilled.
What is a biolubricant?
The term "biolubricant" applies to all lubricants that biodegrade rapidly and which are non-toxic for human beings and aquatic habitats. They may be based on plant oils (such as rapeseed oil) or synthetic esters manufactured from modified renewal oils.
The key advantages of biolubricants:
- Rapid biodegradability
- Low toxicity
- Environmental friendliness
- Good lubricating properties
- High viscosity index
- Longer equipment life
Applications for biolubricants
Biolubricants are preferable for all applications that may present risks for the environment. This is the case for:
- lost oils (chainsaw chain oils, 2-stroke engine oils, formwork release agents and greases);
- oils that may leak accidentally (hydraulic oils, oils for engines, gearboxes, axles, etc.).
The use of biolubricants is particularly recommended when environmental protection is a constant concern, for example in aquatic, mountain, agricultural and forest environments or deep quarries.
Biolubricants for clean water
Water presents a challenge: it has the greatest number of oil-related pollution sources. One example is machinery operating in rivers and canals (dredging, bank development work, etc.) and the vessels themselves, whether the application is professional (push-tugs, trawlers, etc.) or recreational (outboard engines, jet skis, etc.). All equipment operating on or near water (canal locks, hydroelectric power stations) is also a source of concern in this respect. Applications of concern include:
- River and coastal navigation
- Coastal and inland marine navigation
- Leisure boating
- Locks and hydroelectric plants
Biolubricants for a clean environment
Earthmoving equipment often operates in the natural environment on construction sites and in development projects, quarries and urban roadworks. In this type of work, there can be accidental spillage of engine, transmission or hydraulic oil, which can in turn pollute the immediate environment. Applications of concern include:
- Extraction machinery
- Construction machinery
- Earthmoving equipment
- Drainage cleaning machinery
Biolubricants for clean soils
Lubricants are used in forestry and agriculture for small items of equipment (chainsaws, brush cutters), as well as for machinery for logging (forwarders, log loaders), soil preparation and harvesting.
In the event of accidental leakage, lost oils (for chainsaw chains and 2-stroke engines) and hydraulic and transmission oils can be a source of pollution of the natural forestry or farming environment. Applications of concern include:
- Forestry work
- Soil preparation
- Agricultural equipment
- Chainsaws, brush cutters