Clean Air Power, developer of compression-ignited natural gas systems and software for heavy duty vehicles, has signed a Letter of Intent to commence the first phase of a production development program for a MicroPilot diesel-natural gas engine for the South East Asian and other markets. This follows the successful conclusion of a funded concept study with a global truck manufacturer.
This first phase of the program is targeted to commence in September 2014 and will last 6 months, generating revenues for Clean Air Power of over $3 million. If successful, the program will then enter a second phase with the objective to bring a MicroPilot diesel-natural gas engine for the South East Asian and other markets to the start of production in 2017.
Clean Air Power will continue to be supported by Ricardo, a multi‐industry consultancy for engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy, as part of the co-operation agreement signed in September 2013. The five year non‐exclusive co‐operation agreement focused on the development of dual-fuel engines for potential OEM partners.
Commenting on the agreement, John Pettitt, CEO of Clean Air Power, said: “We are delighted to be moving from the concept phase to the first phase of production development on a MicroPilot diesel-natural gas engine with the potential to deliver a significant improvement in performance and efficiency. Our client is a progressive, global truck manufacturer with a bold ambition for the future application of compression-ignited natural gas engines. Its commitment to move ahead with this next phase demonstrates the quality of our technology and the value that our relationship with Ricardo can bring to OEM partners. Our ambition is to become a global design, development and delivery partner of compression-ignited natural gas engines and we are excited about the potential of this latest success to open the door to other OEMs partnerships.”
Note: a MicroPilot diesel-natural gas engine is a fully interfaced engine system that takes advantage of the Group’s patented MicroPilot technology and modern diesel engine technology so that only very small (i.e. “micro”) quantities of diesel spray (i.e. “pilot”) are needed to ignite a mixture of natural gas and air, delivering levels of performance that are not possible to achieve with existing, retro-fitted Dual-FuelTM system technology.
(Source: Clean Air Power)