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Clean Air Power partners with Queens University, Belfast on dual-fuel combustion for light-duty diesels

7 May 2014

Clean Air Power, a leading developer of dual-fuel engine management systems for heavy-duty diesel engines, has begun a collaborative research project with Queens University, Belfast (QUB) to develop a dual-fuel combustion process for application in small-cylinder diesel engines used in the light-duty automotive market.

The program is to be carried out at QUB on a single-cylinder research engine built to replicate the state-of-the-art light-duty diesel engines used in next-generation passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs).

The two- to three-year project is supported by grant funding from the Department for Education and Learning (DEL) and the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE), run by the UK Government body, Invest Northern Ireland. Clean Air Power will provide equipment and technical support to QUB during the project and has established a co-operation agreement with the university covering rights on any intellectual property generated.

Whilst the focus for Clean Air Power remains firmly on the heavy-duty vehicle market in the short to medium-term, the project with QUB represents a cost-effective means of extending our knowledge and IP base into the high volume market of small-cylinder diesel engines.

—John Pettitt, CEO of Clean Air Power

This project complements an on-going funded research program undertaken with Brunel University aimed at developing the next generation of advanced dual-fuel combustion systems for heavy-duty diesel engines.

In addition to the new research project, Clean Air Power announced that it has continued to strengthen its Dual-Fuel IP portfolio with the recent granting of a US patent No. 8,688,351 “Modification of Engine Control Signal Timing by Emulation of Engine Position Sensors”. This technology further improves Clean Air Power’s Dual-Fuel engine control mechanism and delivers practical advantages in terms of improved gas utilisation and engine performance.

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