February 25, 2021: Air BP, the international aviation fuel products supplier, announced on February 22 it would convert its entire global fleet of fuel hydrant dispensers to start-stop battery technology. This is yet another signal of the increasing importance of this technology and the greater market opening up for enhanced flooded batteries.
A hydrant dispenser is a truck that acts as an intermediary vehicle that dispenses aviation fuel from an underground hydrant system into a jet aircraft. The retrofitting will occur on all trucks that are less than 10 years old.
The company says it has already installed start-stop batteries in all of its dispensers in Portugal in its bid to reduce carbon emissions, which it says go down by an average of 25% in each vehicle using the technology — saving 3.5 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle per year.
Portugal, Air BP says, was just the first step. “The aim is that all existing hydrant dispensers across its global operated network, which are less than 10 years old, will be retrofitted with the technology by the end of the year,” it says.
Air BP says in 2019 it supplied more than 6.7 billion gallons of aviation fuel, which fuelled more than 7,000 flights a day in more than 55 countries — working out at around five planes a minute.