- A Planned Path to Achieve 50%-75% NOx Reduction On Class 8 13L to 16L Heavy-Haul Diesel Engines -
- Testing To Be Completed At The Center For Alternative Fuels (CAFEE) – West Virginia University -
LYNNFIELD, Mass., March 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Power Group Corporation (OTCQB:APGI), today announced that its 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 to 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 the Center For Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions (“CAFEE”) 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. Diesel/SCR engines came to market in 2010 and we now have around one million legacy Diesel/SCR engines on the road with another 150,000 to 200,000 new Diesel/SCR powered Class 8 trucks being purchased every year. For APG, this becomes a multi-billion dollar addressable market with a perpetual annual supply of additional Diesel/SCR engines coming into the market.”
Matthew Van Steenwyk, APG’s Lead Strategic Director commented, “California continues to face the worst air quality problems in the U.S. and is looking to support technologies that can have an immediate and practical impact on diesel related emissions reduction. Diesel engines with SCR systems will be in commercial use for the foreseeable future with few known emission reduction improvements. High-horsepower dedicated natural gas engine development above 11.9L has been mothballed or suspended due to loss of comparable horsepower and torque of a diesel engine. Battery powered or hydrogen powered heavy-duty designs are still in futuristic concept and not economically viable. Various SCR thermal management systems have been proposed as a component in low NOx after-treatment systems with limited success to date. APG’s dual fuel natural gas-based design may have significant performance and economic advantages when compared to electric- and diesel burner- based systems. 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.”
Mr. Jensen concluded, “Numerous studies have linked serious respiratory health issues with diesel emission-related criteria pollutants (smog). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 40% or 129 million U.S. citizens live in poor ozone non-attainment regions with children, outside workers, and the elderly being at the greatest health risk. We believe APG is positioning itself to offer the only commercially viable solution that can reliably displace diesel consumption by over 50% with clean-burning natural gas on 13L to 16L Class 8 truck engines resulting in millions of tons of NOx reduction on an annual basis. We are finding significant bipartisan support at the federal and state level to address this serious air pollution problem.”
About American Power Group Corporation
American Power Group’s subsidiary, American Power Group, Inc. provides cost effective products and services that promote the economic and environmental benefits of our alternative fuel and emission reduction technologies. Our patented Turbocharged Natural Gas® Dual Fuel Conversion Technology is a unique non-invasive software driven solution that converts existing vehicular and stationary diesel engines to run concurrently on diesel and various forms of natural gas including compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, conditioned well-head/ditch gas or bio-methane gas with the flexibility to return to 100% diesel fuel operation at any time. Depending on the fuel source and operating profile, our EPA and CARB approved dual fuel conversions seamlessly displace 45% - 65% of diesel fuel with cleaner burning natural gas resulting in measurable reductions in nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other diesel-related emissions. Through our Flare Gas Capture and Recovery Technology, we provide oil and gas producers a flare capture service solution for associated gases produced at their remote and stranded well sites. These producers are under tightening regulatory pressure to capture and liquefy the flared gases at their remote and stranded well sites or face significant oil output reductions. With our proprietary Fueled By Flare™ process technology we can convert these captured gases into natural gas liquids (“NGL”) which can be sold as heating fluids, emulsifiers, or be further processed by refiners. In addition, we anticipate our next generation NGL processing systems will have the capability to convert the residual flared methane into pipeline quality natural gas that can be sold for a variety of dedicated and dual fuel vehicular, stationary, industrial and household uses. See additional information at: www.americanpowergroupinc.com
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