The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and BorgWarner have entered into a partnership, formed via a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), to develop newly advanced turbochargers, air management, and electronic sensors for use with clean diesel and high-efficiency gasoline engines.
Through the partnership, EPA and BorgWarner will evaluate components that can allow the automotive and trucking industry to utilize EPA’s own Clean Diesel Combustion (CDC) (earlier post), as well as Homogeneous Charge-Compression Ignition (HCCI) gasoline combustion technologies.
Broad industry interest in EPA’s Clean Diesel Combustion has accelerated the need for more advanced air-boosting systems than are available for today’s diesels.
In partnership with the EPA, we are working on innovative solutions to address the greater performance requirements of advanced turbocharging and boosting systems. These clean combustion technologies attack emissions at the source—in the combustion chamber—instead of solely relying on aftertreatment. They provide the technical means for diesels to meet EPA’s Tier 2 Light Duty and 2010 Heavy Duty Diesel rules.—Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO
The advanced boosting technologies, along with CDC and other clean high-efficiency gasoline combustion technologies, are being created in EPA’s Ann Arbor Laboratory. BorgWarner and EPA will work to evaluate and develop these concepts quickly into commercially viable advanced turbocharger, air management, and sensor hardware.
The partnership is particularly focused on technologies that lead to products that improve efficiency with lower emissions and have the best potential for commercialization.