Wants to Apply Dual Fuel Systems to New Diesel Engines
Beaufort, S.C.-based EcoDual has a partnership with CU-ICAR, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, to advance commercial availability of natural gas engine systems for heavy duty diesel trucks. They “will focus their combined resources on conversion of diesel engines already on the road to natural gas operation and reduction of exhaust emissions.”
“The team subsequently will address challenges associated with optimizing natural gas use in new diesel engines under development by OEMs [emphasis added]. The team also will research strategies to develop clean combustion engines aimed at minimizing the need for costly and cumbersome ‘exhaust after-treatment,’” states a release, claiming “strategic expertise found uniquely in the CU-ICAR faculty.”
“We expect to see a significant uptake in the use of natural gas for heavy duty vehicles in the immediate future, driven by the projected low prices of this fuel compared to diesel,” Zoran Filipi, Timken endowed chair in vehicle system design at CU-ICAR, says in the announcement.
“The increased use of natural gas for transportation is the most cost-effective way to utilize the vast quantity of newly discovered domestic reserves,” Filipi said. “This new research relationship with EcoDual is very exciting for us, and will unlock the full potential of this technology, including the possibilities to make engines run cleaner.
‘Outstanding Opportunities for Our Students & Faculty’
“This partnership creates outstanding opportunities for our students and faculty to engage in transforming the commercial fleets on the nation’s roads,” he said.
EcoDual’s system allows conversion of a heavy duty diesel to run on a combination of natural gas and diesel fuels. More than 60% of the engine’s power is generated by burning natural gas.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the first EcoDual conversion systems for the 15L Cummins ISX, the nation’s most popular Class 8 heavy duty diesel engine. Development is underway for additional Cummins and Detroit Diesel heavy duty engines, EcoDual reports.
EcoDual CEO Scott Myers called CU-ICAR a key development partner.
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Source: EcoDual and Clemson-ICAR with Fleets & Fuels follow-up