K100 Fuel Treatments were invented in the early 1960′s by organic chemist Alice Otto and her husband Richard. They ran a small chemical company in Buffalo, NY called Reaction Laboratories that provided boiler water treatment products to a wide variety of boiler operators in Western NY.
Many of their clients used heavy bunker fuels in their boilers, and they all seemed to have the same complaint: their fuel tanks were filling up with heavy sludge and water, causing the loss of precious fuel storage capacity. No existing chemical fuel treatment could dissolve the sludge and remove the water. The task of clearing out the tanks manually was a slow, difficult, and expensive process.
Alice and Richard embarked on the development of a chemical formulation that would solve this problem. In 1965, right after Richard’s passing, Alice introduced a product she called Krystal 101. Krystal 101 had several unique properties:
Krystal 101 became very popular and was used by hospitals, schools, factories, Great Lakes freighters, and tankers. Heavy fuel users of all types discovered how well it worked and relied upon it to keep their fuel storage systems functioning at full capacity. As heavy bunker fuels were slowly phased out by new environmental regulations, Alice Otto began reformulating Krystal 101 to work in diesel fuel and lighter #2 heating oil. She named this reformulation K100D.
At this time, she also decided to concentrate on fuel treatments alone, and renamed her repurposed company Kinetic Laboratories. In the late 1970′s, after the first of the OPEC oil embargoes, she expanded her product line by introducing K100G, for use with gasoline. Her testing indicated K100G provided significant improvements in mileage and emissions, probably due to the cleaning and stabilizing effect of the fuel treatment on the cars and fuels of that era.
In the late 1980′s Alice began offering K100mD and K100mG, treatment formulations. These products had added emphasis on the stabilizing properties of K100, developed for customers having problems with long term fuel storage. Since that time, the only significant changes required to keep the formulae up to date have been slight modifications to keep K100′s specific gravity and vapor pressure in line with modern fuel formulations.
When ethanol blended gasoline was introduced to the market in the last decade, multiple problems developed most of which were caused by water contamination. K100′s unique ability to target water within a fuel system, first developed back in the 1960′s, made it the ideal remedy for this newly emerging challenge. Alice’s K100 formulation, designed for water management, fuel stability, and control of gums and varnishes, has made it one of the most versatile and effective fuel treatments on the market for 50 years.