• If applicable

Who Are SwRI?

SwRI stands for the Southwest Research Institute. They are a not for profit organisation that is based in San Antonio Texas USA. They are the R&D problem solvers providing independent, premier services to government and industry clients. SwRI’s multidisciplinary nature allows them to rapidly assemble diverse teams to tackle problems from multiple directions. They push the boundaries of science and technology to develop innovative solutions that advance the state of the art and improve human health and safety. Operating as a non-profit since our 1947 inception, they work in the public’s best interest and toward the betterment of mankind and as a contract R&D organization for when industries need their expertise.

A range of Fuelchief’s products include:    

  • Certification
  • Testing
  • Inspection
  • Auditing
  • Validation/Verification

Read more about SwRI here.

SwRI Corporate Video

From deep sea to deep space, SwRI is on a journey of discovery. Our multidisciplinary teams tackle the toughest challenges, from self-driving vehicles to drug discovery to cybersecurity and beyond. Where can we go for you?

Which of our products have met their testing?

Fuelchief’s registered products below meet SwRI requirements (this includes SwRI95-03, SwRI93-01, SwRI 97-01). Below is a list of our products that have surpassed these tests:

  • SuperVault Range
  • Pyrotector Range


Below is an image of Fuelchief’s Hamish McLean with SwRI’s Bill Bendele who tested the original SuperVault in the original testing facility below.

You can check our Fuelchief’s visit to SwRI in San Antonio here.


What tests from SWRI has Fuelchief met?

SwRI 95-03 MULTI HAZARD TEST: Requirements for Multi-Hazard Aboveground Flammable Liquid/Fuel Storage Tanks   Around the world, new codes of practice and legislation require all fire tanks to be either SwRI 95-03 (or UL 2085) approved; the SuperVault is both. It is the only 4-hour fireproof petrol tank to pass the toughest test for above ground petrol tanks, according to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) (Texas, USA) 95 – 03 multi-hazard test. During this test, despite being subjected to fire, water, projectiles and heavy-vehicle impact; the integrity of the SuperVault’s primary tank remained intact. This tank is also a popular choice for solvents, which often have the same “flashpoint” as petrol.   To read more about this standard please click here.

SwRI 97-04 – 2 HOUR FIRE TESTED TANK –  To meet the demands of a 2-hour fire resistant environment Fuelchief’s Pyrotector™ flammable storage range has been designed to comply with various international regulations. One such one that is held in very high regard is the SwRI 97-04 which means the primary tank must pass 5 psi (pounds per square inch) air pressure test for one hour (no temperature limits). The optional requirement is secondary containment vehicle impact resistance, ballistics and resistance. This makes the Pyrotector™ above ground tank suitable for the storage of flammable and combustible liquids. To find out more about SwRI please click here.

Who Are Underwriters Laboratory?

The Underwriters Laboratory also known as UL, is the trusted source across the globe for product compliance. The UL benefit a range of clients including manufacturers and retailers to consumers and regulating bodies. The organisation offers one of the broadest portfolios of capabilities and certification marks.

In New Zealand and Australia, we are committed to providing clients in both countries with compliance solutions based on technical excellence and quality of service.

A range of UL services include:    

  • Certification
  • Testing
  • Inspection
  • Auditing
  • Validation/Verification

Read more about each of these here.

UL Corporate Video

An insight into UL and their research and suite of activity to provide trust and safety for products in the market.

How do Fuelchief products compare to UL standards?

UL 2085 STANDARD FOR PROTECTED ABOVE GROUND TANKS FOR FLAMMABLE & COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS  – Our SuperVault tanks fully meet and exceed the requirements of UL2085 due to their SwRI 95-03 certification. The full list of requirements can also be accessed here.

UL 142 STEEL ABOVEGROUND TANKS FOR FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS – The Fuelchief range of Supervaults have met this standard for which is the recognized U.S standard for tank manufacture. This is specifically for the steel (primary and secondary containment) for aboveground tanks for flammable and combustible liquids. To find out more about UL 142 Please click here.