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Clean Diesel Technologies Lands First UK Fleet Contract

Clean Diesel International, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Diesel Technologies, a developer of emissions reductions technologies for mobile and stationary engines, has landed its first UK commercial fleet contract for the Platinum Plus DFX fuel-borne catalyst.

Burgoynes (Lyonshall) Limited, a medium-sized road haulage company operating heavy goods vehicles in the UK, will apply Platinum Plus across its entire fleet.

Platinum Plus is a bimetallic platinum/cerium kerosene-based fuel additive used at 4–8 ppm metal in fuel that:

  • Improves fuel economy between 3%–8%

  • Reduces PM emissions by 10–20% (30%–50% when combined with an oxidizer, 95% when combined with filter)

  • Reduces HC and CO emissions by 10%–30% (50% when combined with an oxidizer)

  • Lowers filter regeneration temperature to 300º–350° C.

Clean Diesel is currently running trials with small, medium and large fleets in the UK, and is involved in several UK programs to demonstrate lowest cost emission reduction in preparation for the introduction of London’s low emission zone in 2008.

Clean Diesel has a portfolio of emissions reduction products, including the Platinum Plus fuel-borne catalysts (FBC), the Platinum Plus Purifier System and the ARIS 2000 urea-injection systems for selective catalytic reduction of NOx.

In February, Clean Diesel introduced integrated urea-dosing units into Europe to work with existing Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems (SCR). (Earlier post.) The company also entered into an agreement with Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. / Mitsui Kinzoku to introduce of Mitsui’s urea quality sensor technology for NOx reduction via Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) into the European marketplace. (Earlier post.)

The company is considering the development of what Dr. Walter G. Copan, Executive Vice President North American Operations and CTO, calls “BlueTec 2.0”—a framework of advanced emissions control systems, some hardware-based, some fuel-borne—that would allow licensing OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to deploy conformant diesel-emissions control systems that perform more efficiently that current solutions.


tom deplume

The world did away with lead in gasoline 30 years ago. Now we have this idea of injecting platinum and cerium compounds into the atmosphere. Heavy metals in the air are bad for people and this is a bad idea.


Hey tommy boy, ever stop to consider that there must have already been some serious research into the possible deleterious effects of this system? Or are you an expert in their particular process, a member of a UK government oversight body, and hold a PHD in chemistry and/or atmospheric sciences?

Sheesh, its a wonder people like this actually remember how to breath! :)


Fine PM platinum dust emission resulted from this fuel additive is persistent, bioaccumulative, highly chemically and biochemically active catalytic component, which due to extremely small size of the particles is going through lung membranes directly into bloodstream. Any one deciding to use such additive should read attentively the history of companies which used asbestos, another persistent bioaccumulative component, which was not considered toxic or carcinogenic while used in the past.

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