American Power Group Corporation (APG) says it’s Board of Directors has approved funding for the initial production development phase of a first of its kind low NOx (oxides of nitrogen) solution for 13L – 16L Class 8 diesel engines that are model year 2010 and newer. The patent-pending design incorporates APG’s California Air Resources Board (CARB) E.O. Certified dual-fuel natural gas system with APG’s new Exhaust Thermal Management System (ETMS).
APG’s ETMS is designed to create a quicker warm-up and maintain an optimum temperature performance of an OEM’s diesel engine’s Selective Catalyst Reduction System (Diesel/SCR) in order to significantly reduce remaining areas of high smog-forming NOx production.
NOx reduction of 50% – 75% below today’s EPA/CARB NOx standards are projected which would qualify diesel engines upgraded with APG’s Dual Fuel/ETMS system to meet California’s Optional Low NOx diesel engine emission standards. Initial phase emissions testing will be performed this spring at CAFEE (Center For Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions) at West Virginia University.
Lyle Jensen, American Power Group Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “There are millions of 13L to 16L high-horsepower diesel engines on the road that cumulatively rank as the #1 source in NOx emissions. Currently, no alternative low NOx solution exists for this class of engines without compromising their critical heavy-haul power and torque capabilities. The existing APG V5000 and the new APG V6000 with ETMS have the opportunity to fill this void with no loss of power on legacy diesel engines and present options for a new dual-fuel natural gas low NOx high-horsepower Diesel/SCR engine for the heavy-haul OEM market.”
Matthew Van Steenwyk, APG’s Lead Strategic Director commented, “If this technology performs as expected and proves to be the best economically deployable solution, it could significantly reduce diesel emissions in California’s non-attainment regions and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs to support the increased demand utilization of American produced natural gas.”