EPA Approval of System with BL Energie Is Expected Shortly
Blossman Services and its joint venture partner BL Energie have passed the testing required for U.S. EPA approval of their propane autogas-diesel dual fuel system for the 14-liter Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, Blossman confirms.
Next up for IUL/intermediate useful life approval is the Volvo D13, likely to be followed by Mack Trucks’ MP8 version of that 12.8-liter diesel.
The BL Energie system allows for diesel displacement of up to 45% when engines are operating steadily at the middle range of their capability. They run on 100% diesel when starting, idling, or at full load. Thus the system is being promoted for over-the-road trucks, with potential diesel displacement of 30% to 35%.
Cheaper than Natural Gas Dual Fuel
Like natural gas-diesel dual fuel systems, the system holds the promise of cheaper fuel for operators. Up-front investment is expected to be significantly lower, however, because propane fuel tanks are far cheaper than the high pressure tanks required for CNG/compressed natural gas.
An upfit is expected to cost about $15,000, approximately half the cost of a natural gas-diesel dual fuel conversion, says Blossman marketing VP Jessie Johnson.
“We’re shooting for a system that’s reasonably priced with a reasonable payback using an American product – 98% of propane is produced in America,” Johnson said in a recent report.
ROI would range from 12 to 14 months for a tractor logging 120,000 to 140,000 miles a year.
BL Energie USA was formed with Blossman earlier this year. The partners are using technology from Prins of The Netherlands. (F&F, March 11).
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Source: Published report with Fleets & Fuels follow-up