Today, major industry faces a daunting challenge.
Confronted by increasing environmental restriction costs with increasing operating costs and a slumping economy, the transportation and shipping industries are now being forced to comply with costly legislation aimed at curtailing greenhouse emissions.
For many companies, the combined costs are insurmountable.
Whether itâ€™s expensive engine modifications, hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels or hybrid motors, current technologies fail to provide a cost-effective solution to diesel emissions thatâ€™s commercially viable on a global scale.
For many industries, diesel engines remain the only viable power source for the foreseeable future.
The Messy Business Of Burning Diesel
Simply put, burning diesel is a messy business.
Thatâ€™s because a significant portion of the diesel entering the combustion chamber never burns. The result is wasted fuel, carbon build-up, shortened engine life, and the familiar plumes of black smoky unburned hydrocarbons.
For nearly a century, engineers have experimented with additives to improve efficiency, and with post-combustion devices and catalytic filters to capture the resulting pollution.
A Problem Of Global Proportions
From transportation and manufacturing to mining and construction, there are currently millions of diesel engines in operation in North America alone.
With municipal, state and federal governments worldwide moving to curb emissions, the economic pressure to address pollution from diesel emissions has reached global proportions.