Diesel-to-Natural Gas Engine Conversions for Clean Truck Program
Southern California’s Omnitek Engineering has been selected by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to demonstrate its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion technology for drayage trucks serving the Port of Seattle.
Omnitek (OTCBB:OMTK), working with Seattle-based American Strategic Group (ASG), will support the Port’s Clean Truck Program.
“The project has a goal of meeting 2007 EPA emission standards for particulate emissions by 2017 for all drayage trucks serving the Port’s marine container terminals, estimated at more than 2,000 vehicles,” Omnitek says.
Many of the vehicles serving the Seattle port are Freightliners with Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines, says Omnitek CEO Werner Funk. The Caterpillar C15 engine is also popular, he told F&F, as are Volvo products.
No Dual Fuel
“They will be Class 8 trucks,” Funk says.
Omnitek says that its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions were selected as the best technology under a competitive grant process for the port agency’s “Piloting Engine Upgrade Technologies in the Freight Mobility Sector” project.
Omnitek notes too that it recently secured U.S. EPA approval of its technology for the widely operated line of heavy-duty Navistar DT466E and DT530E engines.
Omnitek conversions all involve the installation of spark-ignition dedicated-natural gas systems. The firm does not do dual fuel.
“Seattle has already converted its refuse trucks and airport taxis to CNG, so extending the environmental and economic benefits of natural gas to the Port of Seattle drayage fleet is an innovative approach to keeping the Port of Seattle competitive in the post-Panamax era of ocean shipping,” ASG president Stephen Lambo says in Omnitek’s Port of Seattle announcement.
ASG Targets Heavy CNG Trucks
“We think the ability to convert existing assets is crucial for CNG infrastructure development in the United States,” Lambo said.
He noted that Puget Sound is a key cargo gateway between Asia and the United States, with one in three jobs in Washington State tied to international trade.
ASG is developing a regional network of CNG fueling facilities “optimized to meet the needs of heavy-duty truck fleets.” The firm will provide financial support for fleets and owner-operators to make the transition from diesel to natural gas.
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Source: Omnitek with Fleets & Fuels follow-up