Southern California Firm Is Converting Mack 12-Liter Engines
San Marcos, Calif.-based Omnitek Engineering (OBB:OMTK) reports an agreement “with one of the nation’s leading refuse collection companies” to convert 21 diesel refuse trucks to compressed natural gas under an Experimental Permit issued by the California Air Resources Board.
The pilot program “is intended to provide empirical data and accelerate certification by the California Air Resources Board and the Environmental Protection Agency,” Omnitek says.
“Converting diesel engines to operate on natural gas offers a significant return on investment, with much lower fuel costs and cleaner combustion. Conversions under this program have already commenced and we look forward to certification and working with this industry leader in refuse collection to ramp up conversions on a much larger scale,” Omnitek president and Werner Funk said in a release.
The trucks have 12-liter Mack engines, Funk told F&F. The new conversions will apply to E7 and derivative engines, such as the AI 300, he said.
Work in Pennsylvania, Too
They are full conversions to spark-ignition, dedicated-CNG operation, says Ed Agostinelli of Omnitek’s Seraph Energy affiliate in Pennsylvania, which is working on both Mack and Navistar International DT 466 conversions (F&F, February 13).
Funk’s not naming his client, but noted in the release “this customer’s nationwide commitment to convert all of its more than 18,000 refuse collection trucks to operate on natural gas through a multi-year program comprised of diesel engine conversions and the purchase of new natural gas trucks.”
“The value proposition of Omnitek’s conversion technology is particularly appealing to fleet operators since diesel engines have an estimated life span of more than 20 years, and conversions can be completed during regularly scheduled engine overhauls at a cost significantly less than the purchase of new natural gas trucks,” he said.
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Source: Omnitek press release and Fleets & Fuels follow-up